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†order Palaeonisciformes Hay 1902 (ray-finned fish)

Actinopterygii - Chondrostei

Synonyms: Bobasatraniiformes, Elonichthyiformes Kazantseva-Selezneva 1977, Palaeoniscida

Parent taxon: Chondrostei according to J. A. Long 2011

Sister taxa: Acipenseriformes, Cheirolepiformes, Guidayichthyiformes, Guildayichthyiformes, Luganoiiformes, Neochallaia, Perleidiformes, Phanerorhynchiformes, Pholidopleuriformes, Ptycholepiformes, Saurichthyiformes

Subtaxa: Agecephalichthys, Amblypterina, Bendenius, Boreolepidae, Borichthys, Brachypareion, Browneichthys, Burbonella, Caelatichthys, Canobiidae, Caruichthys, Charleuxia, Chichia, Coccocephalichthys, Coccolepidae, Cornuboniscus, Cosmolepis, Cosmoptychius, Daedalichthys, Daqingshaniscus, Decazella, Dialipina, Dorsolepis, Dorypteroidei, Drydenius, Dwykia, Eigilia, Eurynotoides, Evenkia, Fukangichthys, Gardinerichthys, Gonatodidae, Gyrolepidoides, Haplolepis, Huanghelepsis, Igornella, Illiniichthys, Inichthys, Kentuckia, Korutichthys, Luederia, Mimia, Moythomasia, Neuburgella, Nozamichthys, Orvikuina, Osorioichthys, Palaeoniscoidei, Palaeothrissum, Paradrydenius, Paragonatodus, Paralogoniscus, Paramesolepis, Platysomoidei, Plesiococcolepis, Protamblyptera, Psilichthys, Redfieldioidei, Rhabdolepis, Sakamenichthys, Scanilepis, Severnichthys, Sinoniscus, Songanella, Stegotrachelus, Strepheoschema, Styracopterus, Sundayichthys, Tanaocrossus, Tegeolepis, Tienshaniscus, Urosthenes, Uydenia, Varialepididae, Westollia, Whiteichthys, Willomorichthys, Zaxilepis

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Ecology: nektonic carnivore