Cladistia is a clade of bony fishes that currently consists of few anguilliform (eel-shaped) remnants of an ancient diversity.[1] Their major synapomorphies are a dorsal fin with independent rays, and a posteriorly elongated parasphenoid.

Temporal range: Mississippian to Recent
Polypterus senegalus.jpg
Polypterus senegalus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Subclass: Cladistia
Pander 1860 emend. Cope 1871 sensu Lund 2000

Cladistia is the sister group of Actinopteri.


Based on work done by Lund 2000 [2]


  1. ^ G. Lecointre & H. Le Guyader, 2007, The Tree of Life: A Phylogenetic Classification, Harvard University Press Reference Library
  2. ^ Mikko Haaramo. "Cladistia – bichirs and relatives". Mikko's Phylogeny Archive. Retrieved 2013-10-26.