Establishing the phylogeny of Acanthomorph families

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This site belongs to a research team working on Acanthomorphs. You know some of these. They can be found at the fishmonger’s shop and on your plate: cod, tuna, mackerel, john dory, sole… You come across them if you are an angler: perch, pikeperch… You know some of them if you love aquariums: guppies, surgeonfishes, angelfishes, cichlids… But be very careful, not all fishes are Acanthomorphs.

There are more than 310 families of Acanthomorphs, consisting of more than 16,400 species.  To give some order to this diversity, the fishes have to be classified.

Come and explore the science of classification… without drowning!