Teleost fin ray bifurcations are characteristic of each ray in each fin of the fishes. Control of the positioning of such morphological markers is not well understood. We present evidence suggesting that the interray blastema is necessary for a proper bifurcation of each ray during regeneration in Danio rerio (Hamilton-Buchanan) (Cyprinidae, Teleostei). We performed single ray ablations, heterotopical graftings of ray fragments and small holes in lateral rays which do not normally bifurcate, to generate recombinants in which the lateral rays are surrounded with ectopic interrays originating from different positions within the tail fin. These ray-interray recombinants do now bifurcate. Furthermore, we show that the interray tissue and surrounding epidermis can modulate the length of the ray. These results stress the role of the interray in inducing bifurcations of the ray blastema as well as modulating ray morphogenesis in general. In addition, gene expression analysis under these experimental conditions suggests that msxA and msxD expression in the ray and interray epidermis is controlled by the ray blastema and that bmp4 could be a candidate signal involved in these inductions.