cyprinodontiformesmedical dictionary

An order of fish with eight families and numerous species of both egg-laying and livebearing fish. It includes two suborders, adrianichthyoidei (egg layers) and cyprinodontoidei (egg layers and livebearers). The latter suborder comprises cyprinodontidae (egg-laying killifish), goodeidae (mexican livebearers), jenynsiidae (jenynsiids), anablepidae (four-eyed fish), poeciliidae (livebearers). Of the suborder poeciliidae, the guppy and molly belong to the genus poecilia.

(12 Dec 1998)