Fishbone is a long-lived, influential band, self-described as jazzy ska-gospel punk rock-reggae. The band was formed in 1979 in the ghettos of South Central Los Angeles by Angelo Moore, also known as "Dr. Madd Vibe" (vocals, saxophones ranging from soprano to bass, and theremin); Kendall Jones (guitar); John Norwood Fisher (bass); Philip "Fish" Fisher (drums); "Dirty" Walter A. Kibby II (trumpet); and Chris Dowd (keyboards, trombone). The group came from the same Los Angeles scene that spawned the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jane's Addiction.
Fishbone, besides being simply a term for any bone of a fish, is also a term for bony, rather delicate parts of the skeleton of bony fish, such as ribs and fin rays, but especially the ossification of connective tissue lying transversely inclined backwards to the ribs between the muscle segments and having no contact with the spine.
Not all fish have fishbones in this sense; for instance, eels and anglerfish do not.
There are several series of fishbones: Epineuralia, Epicentralia, Epipleuralia and Myorhabdoi.
Fishbones support the core muscles without inhibiting their motility.
In cuisine, fishbones are usually removed and not eaten. Because of their slim, tapered shape they may get caught in the windpipe and cause suffocation.