name have been evolved independently from the ancestral covering of placoid elements.
Teleostei.-It will be convenient to take as the basis of our description the bony skeleton of such a Teleostean fish as the salmon. In the vertebral column all the cartilaginous elements are replaced by bone. The haemal spines of the turned-up tip of the tail are Battened (hypural bones) and serve to support the caudal fin rays.
In A rgyropelecus and in one or two deep-sea forms the vertebral column remains cartilaginous.
Apart from the ossification of the radialia which takes place bony fishes there exist special supporting structures in the fins (paired as well as -g median) of all the gnathostomatous fishes in the adults of
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opisth, Opisthotic. vo, Vomer.
the basioccipital is the basisphenoid with an alisphenoid on each Side. The region (presphenoidal) immediately in front of the basisphenoid is unossified, but on each side of it an orbitosphenoid is developed, the two orbitosphenoids being closely approximated in the mesial plane and to a certain extent fused, forming the upper part of the inter orbital septum. In the anterior or ethmoidal portion of the cranium the only cartilage bones are a CL li. S. Goodrich, Quart. /ourn. Mfcr. Sci. xlvii. (1904), 465. From Wiedersheim, Verg. Anal. der Wirbelliere, by permission of Gustav F ischer. FIG. 25.-Complete Skull of Salmon from left side. art, Articular. op, Upercular.
branchiosl, Branchiostegal. pal, Palatine. dent, Dentary. par, Parietal.
epiot, Epiotic. pmx, Premaxilla. eth, Dermal ethmoid. preop, Preopercular. fr, Frontal. pt, Pterygoid.
hyom, Hyomandibular. pier, Pterotic. inlop, Interopercular. Quad, Quadrate. Jug, Jugal. socc, Supraoccipital. mpt, Mesopterygoid. sphot, Sphenotic. mtpt, Metapterygoid. subop, Subopercula r. mx, Maxilla. sympl, Symplectic. nas, Nasal. Zunge, Tongue.
pterygoid and mesopterygoid, and posteriorly metapterygoid and quadrate, the latter giving articulation to the articular bone of the lower jaw. These representatives of the palatopterygoid bar no longer form the functional upper jaw. This function is performed by membrane bones which have appeared external to the palatopterygoid bar-the premaxilla and maxilla-which carry teeth-and the small scale-like jugal behind them. The quadrate is suspended from the skull as in the Selachians (hyostylic skull) by the upper portion of the hyoid arch-here represented by two bones-the hyomandibular and symplectic. The ventral portion of the hyoid arch is also represented by a chain of bones (stylohyal, epihyal, ceratohyal, hypohyal and the ventral unpaired basihyal), as is also each of the five bronchial arches behind it. In addition to the bony elements belonging to the hyoid arch proper a series of membrane bones support the opercular Hap. Ventrally there project backwards from the ceratohyal a series of ten overlapping branchiostegal rays, while more dorsally are the broader interopercular, subopercular and opercular.
In addition to the bones already enumerated there is present a ring of cir cum orbital bones, a preopercular, behind and external to the hyomandibular and quadrate, and squamosal, external
to the hinder cud of the auditory capsule.