Traditionally, the ray-finned fishes have been classified in three main
taxa: the Chondrostei, Holostei, and Teleostei. Scientists now think that
the evolutionary history of the ray-finned fish is somewhat more complex
than would be implied by a simple three-part division.
For a slightly different view and more detailed information
on bony fish classification, try the
from the Tree of Life at the University of Arizona.
This seven-language fish
dictionary is available from the
Marine Research Institute of Iceland.
Source: Maisey, J. G. 1996. Discovering Fossil Fishes. Henry Holt & Co.,