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Fish Anatomy, Fin Identification

 

This Aquarium Answers Post is simply for fish fin and fish anatomy identification.
The pictures can apply to most fish kept in freshwater and saltwater with the exception of Sharks, Rays, and Skate.

By Carl Strohmeyer
Updated 4/6/16

The first picture is of the anatomy of a bony fish (an Oscar).
Please Click on the picture to enlarge for a better view
Basic Bony Fish Anatomy Picture
Details include:



The second Picture is of the names of fish fins and lateral line also using an Oscar (Cichlid).
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Fish Fins, lateral, dorsal, caudal, pectoral, anal

This includes:

Here is a picture of a Catfish for an example of adipose fins and barbels:
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Catfish, Fish Fins, adipose, barbel

Here is a picture of Puffer Anatomy (note that this is an animated picture):

Puffer Fish Anatomy, animated

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