What is dorsal?

  • (adj): Belonging to or on or near the back or upper surface of an animal or organ or part.
    Example: "The dorsal fin is the vertical fin on the back of a fish and certain marine mammals"
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on dorsal:

Stemonidium Hypomelas - Description
... The dorsal profile from the back of the head to the base of the rostrum is nearly straight the jaws are long and taper to a very delicate, slender tip ... The long dorsal and anal fins both begin about half a head length behind the gill opening ... The first fin rays of the dorsal fin are delicate and difficult to detect ...
Stout Whiting - Description
... The stout whiting is similar in appearance to a number of Australian sillaginids, with dorsal fin and swimbladder morphology the best identification features ... Like most sillaginids, the stout whiting has a slightly more convex dorsal profile compared to the ventral profile, reflecting the benthic nature of the species ... The dorsal fin is composed of 2 sections the first consisting of 11 spines and the second of 1 spine followed by 16 to 18 soft rays ...
Dorsal Ligament
... Dorsal ligament can refer to Dorsal radioulnar ligament Dorsal radiocarpal ligament Dorsal cuboideonavicular ligament Dorsal intercarpal ligament Dorsal intercuneiform ...
Snake Mackerel - Description
... There are two dorsal fins the first is long and spiny, and is followed immediately by the second, which contains 1 tiny spine and 11-14 soft rays ... The anal fin originates opposite the second dorsal fin and consists of 2 free spines followed by 1 spine and 10-12 rays ... The dorsal and anal fins are followed by 6-7 finlets ...
Lobopod Gut - Representative Taxa
... with long, stilt-like legs and mysterious fleshy dorsal protuberances, and was long considered a prime example of the way in which nature experimented with the most diverse and bizarre body designs ... had placed the animal upside-down interpreting the "stilts" as dorsal spines made it clear that the fleshy "dorsal" protuberances were actually legs ...

More definitions of "dorsal":

  • (adj): Facing away from the axis of an organ or organism.
    Synonyms: abaxial