any member of the order Salmoniformes, a diverse and complex group of fishes. The order consists of about 1,000 species in the freshwaters and in the oceans of the world. Included are the familiar trout, salmon, and pike, as well as most of the bizarre forms of fishes inhabiting the middepths of the oceans.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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