diphycercal

diphycercal

[dif-uh-sur-kuhl]
adjective Ichthyology.
having a tail or caudal fin with the spinal column extending horizontally to the end of the tail, characteristic of lungfish, several other primitive fishes, and the juvenile stage of modern bony fishes.


Origin:
diphy- double (see diphyodont) + cercal

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diphycercal (ˌdɪfɪˈsɜːkəl)
 
adj
ichthyol of or possessing a symmetrical or pointed tail with the vertebral column extending to the tip, as in primitive fishes
 
[C19: from Greek diphuēs twofold (from di1 + phuē growth) + kerkos tail]

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