soft dorsal

What is soft dorsal?

soft dorsal meaning a dorsal fin containing only soft rays, or the soft-rayed hind part of the dorsal fin, if both spines and soft rays are present (as in squirrelfish)

Graphic of snapper (side view)
The spiny dorsal (spd) and soft dorsal (sod) fin of a schoolmaster snapper. (Photo:


reference: Coral Reef Information System – Glossary

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