any member of the superorder Osteoglossomorpha, a group of morphologically and biologically diverse primitive fishes primarily found in freshwaters, although a few species enter slightly brackish water. Their relationship with other teleosts (i.e., advanced bony fishes) is obscure; they probably were an early offshoot from the basal teleost stock. Osteoglossomorpha comprises six extant families and about 150 species. Although the group is of little importance to man, in parts of Africa, Asia, and South America certain osteoglossomorph species are sometimes sought commercially as food fishes

Learn more about osteoglossomorph with a free trial on Britannica.com.

Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source
Explore Dictionary.com
Previous Definition: osteoglossiformes
Next Definition: osteographer
Words Near: osteoglossomorph
More from Thesaurus.com
Synonyms and Antonyms for osteoglossomorph
More from Reference.com
Search for articles containing osteoglossomorph
Dictionary.com Word FAQs

Dictionary.com presents 366 FAQs, incorporating some of the frequently asked questions from the past with newer queries.

Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature