A reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) protocol, using degenerate PCR-primers specific to highly conserved regions of mammalian CYP3A genes, was employed to amplify a 400 base pair cDNA fragment from Fundulus heteroclitus liver RNA. The 124 amino acid sequence deduced from this cDNA sequence was aligned with corresponding sequences from representative members from the CYP1, 2, 3, and 4 gene families retrieved from the GenBank database. Phylogenetic trees were constructed using distance-matrix and maximum parsimony methods. The F. heteroclitus sequence and all mammalian CYP3A sequences cluster together when compared to sequences of members of CYP gene families 1, 2, and 4. This fish sequence was 57 to 70% identical to the corresponding region of mammalian CYP3A genes. These data indicate that the sequence obtained from F. heteroclitus represents a teleost fish CYP3A gene and it has been designated CYP3A30.