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any member of the superorder Paracanthopterygii, a predatory, primarily marine group that forms one of about six major branches of the Teleostei, or bony fishes, the dominant modern aquatic vertebrates. Approximately 1,160 living species of paracanthopterygian fishes have been described. They range in length from just a few centimetres to roughly two metres (more than six feet). Well-known forms include the anglerfish and the cod

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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