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The superorder Elopomorpha contains a variety of types of fishes that range from typical silvery-colored species, such as the tarpons and ladyfishes of the Elopiformes and the bonefishes of the Albuliformes, to the long and slender, smooth-bodied eels of the Anguilliformes. The one characteristic uniting this group of fishes is they all have leptocephalus larvae, which are unique to the Elopomorpha. No other fishes have this type of larvae.

Temporal range: Early Jurassic to present
Anguilla anguilla.jpg
Anguilla anguilla
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Infraclass: Teleostei
Superorder: Elopomorpha
Greenwood et al. 1966
  • Taeniopaedia Greenwood et al. 1967 sensu Nelson 1973
  • Elopocephalai Patterson 1977 sensu Arratia 1999


The Elopomorpha are a group of teleost fishes and are separated into:[1][2][3]

Cladogram of living Elopomorpha[4]






  1. ^ Nelson, Joseph S.; Grande, Terry C.; Wilson, Mark V. H. (2016). Fishes of the World (5th ed.). John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 9781118342336.
  2. ^ Haaramo, Mikko (2007). "Teleocephala". Mikko's Phylogeny Archive. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  3. ^ van der Laan, Richard (2016). "Family-group names of fossil fishes". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. ^ Betancur-Rodriguez, R.; et al. (2016). "Phylogenetic Classification of Bony Fishes Version 4". Deepfin. Retrieved 30 December 2016.

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