Forey, Peter L. Department of Paleontology, Natural History Museum, London, United Kingdom.
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The common name for a member of the agnathan fishes. The fish superclass Agnatha (subphylum Vertebrata, phylum Chordata) comprises the jawless vertebrates (agnathans). Members include cyclostomes (modern lampreys and hagfishes), various extinct armored fishes [known colloquially as ostracoderms ("bony-skinned")], and conodonts (see illustration). Agnathans have pouchlike gills opening through small pores, rather than slits as in jawed vertebrates (Gnathostomata). Primitively, agnathans lack jaws and show a persistent notochord. Most members have no paired fins. See also: Chordata; Gnathostomata; Vertebrata
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