Bailey, Reeve M. Formerly, Division of Fishes, Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Boschung, Herbert T. Formerly, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
- Cetomimidae (flabby whalefishes)
- Rondeletiidae (redmouth whalefishes)
- Barbourisiidae (red whalefish)
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An order of oceanic, mostly deep-water, soft-rayed fishes, commonly called the whalefishes, which are structurally diverse and rare. Members of the order Cetomimiformes (class Actinopterygii) are known typically from one or a few specimens (see illustration). Thus, their scientific study has been hindered, their anatomy is imperfectly known, and their relationships are in dispute, with some ichthyologists assigning the whalefishes to the order Stephanoberyciformes. Currently, there are 18 genera and 33 species included in the order Cetomimiformes. See also: Actinopterygii; Deep-sea fauna; Osteichthyes; Stephanoberyciformes; Teleostei
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