This evolutionary tree shows relationships among all major clades of the Actinopterygii (ACK-tih-NOP-tuh-RIJ-ee-eye), or ray-finned fishes, as well as the diversity of those groups. The phylogeny shown here was based on the best evidence available in 2010. However, if new evidence is discovered, scientists may revise their views of evolutionary relationships. See an interactive fish phylogeny based on the evidence available in 2017.
Mouse over (or click on a touch screen) the green rectangular buttons to see the characteristics of fish lineages.