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Orthorhachia (lit. "straight spine") is a benthic clade of Acanthopodia, analogous to bony fish on Earth.

Description Edit

Orthorhachia were one of the first lineages of Acanthopods, diverging from the Hadrorhachia around 4060ma.

The first Orthorhachids were anguilliform swimmers, swimming in a matter similar to eels, lampreys and some species of knifefish. The slower yet more maneuverable form of swimming led to most pelagic Orthorhachids going extinct, having been outcompeted by the faster Hadrorhachids. However, the remaining species have flourished in Anthostome reefs, which their maneuverability is more suited for.

Modern Orthorhachids have coloration designed to help them blend into their surroundings.

DescendantsEdit

There are two branches of the Orthorhachid tree:

Evolutionary Tree
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