lophobranchii definition

  • noun-plural:
    • An order of teleostean fishes, having the gills organized in tufts in the branchial arches, once the Hippocampus and pipefishes.
  • others:
    • An order of teleost fishes getting the branchial skeleton imperfect, the exceptional and basal branchihyals and pharyngeals desiring, while the gills maybe not lamellar, but created as loop-like or tuft-like lobes, whence the name.
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