The average weight of the living West Indian Ocean coelacanth, Latimeria chalumnae, is 80 kg , and they can reach up to 2 m in length.

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The Coelacanth lives in the demersal, non-migratory, marine, depth range 150 - 700 m , usually 180 - 250 m environment.

The Coelacanth is classified as Critically Endangered (CR), facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.

coelacanth or king of the sea. Coelacanth Fossil range: Devonian–Cretaceous (but extant)PreЄЄOSDCPTJKPgN specimen of Latimeria chalumnae in the Natural History Museum, Vienna, Austria (length: 170 cm - weight: 60 kg). More

Coelacanths appeared about 350 million years ago and were thought to have become extinct 80 million years ago until one was caught in 1938 near the southern coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. A second species was discovered living near Indonesia in 1998. More

The first living coelacanth (seel-a-canth) was discovered in 1938 and bears the scientific name Latimeria chalumnae. The species was described by Professor J.L.B. Smith in 1939 and was named after its discoverer, Miss Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer. More

fish he called Coelacanthus (Greek for "hollow spine"). Since then, fossils of some 125 species of coelacanth have turned up, dating from about 400 to 66 million years ago. More

The primitive-looking coelacanth (pronounced SEEL-uh-kanth) was thought to have gone extinct with the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. More

A few days before Christmas in 1938, a Coelacanth was caught at the mouth of the Chalumna River on the east coast of South Africa. The fish was caught in a shark gill net by Captain Goosen and his crew, who had no idea of the significance of their find. More

Coelacanth - Definition and Overview = Coelacanth Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Sarcopterygii More

which the Coelacanth thrives, and the small number of predators it has, may have helped the species survive eons of change. More

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popular imagination, the fabulous Coelacanth ("see-la-kanth"), that 400 million year old "living fossil" fish, swims on! Pre-dating the dinosaurs by millions of years and once thought to have gone extinct with them, 65 million years ago, the Coelacanth was "discovered" alive and well in 1938. More

Coelacanth is any sarcopterygian fish of the subclass Coelacanthimorpha (Actinistia) and order Coelacanthiformes, characterized by a three-lobed, diphycercal caudal fin, external nostrils, and an anterior dorsal fin in front of the center of the body (Nelson 2004). More

Coelacanth is an order of lobe-finned fishes related to lungfishes and represented by two living species, Latimeria chalumnae and Latimeria menadoensis, and according to evolution they were thought to be extinct until one was caught off South Africa in 1938. More

coelacanth (sl-knth) Any of various fishes of the order Coelacanthiformes, having lobed, fleshy fins. Coelacanths are crossopterygians, the ancient group of lobe-finned fishes that gave rise to land vertebrates. More

The coelacanth is a primitive crossopterygian (lobe-finned) fish which first appeared in the fossil record about 360 million years ago. Up until 1938 the coelacanth was thought to have become extinct about eighty million years ago. More

The coelacanths were thought to have gone extinct during the extinctions at the end of the Cretaceous, 65 million years ago. More

Living coelacanth The coelacanth (Latimeria chalumnae) was previously known only from fossils (see beautifully-preserved example in top photo), and presumed by evolutionists to have been extinct for 65 million years. More

The Coelacanth - pronounced SEE-lah-kanth - (Latimeria chalumnae) is a sarcopterygian fish that combines an odd assortment of features. Some of these features are astonishingly shark-like, others revealingly human-like, while still others are quite unlike any other living creature. More

Coelacanth (meaning "hollow spine" in Greek; IPA: Template:IPA) is a species of fish and represents the oldest lineage of living fish known to date. More

The coelacanth is a lobe-finned fish, similar in form to the ancestor of all terrestrial vertebrates. It was a coelacanth-like fish that originally evolved legs and began to walk on land 360 million years ago. More

Discovery of a living coelacanth in 1938 demolished an evolutionary belief. Crystal Clear Creation Flower. No evolution here! Articles on nature, wildlife, the world around usRed panda. More

of a steady decline in coelacanth population at the hands of science. The great excitement resulting from this original discovery led to an intense search for additional specimens. More

Ancient Creature of the Deep: Meet the coelacanth, a bizarre fish and 'living fossil' that has changed little in its 400 million years on Earth. Overviews Anatomy of the Coelacanth Anatomy of the Coelacanth This survivor from the age of dinosaurs has body parts found in no other living creature. More

It is hypothesized that the coelacanths share a common ancestor with the lungfish and the land vertebrates. The coelacanths are, however, a specialized branch of this group that has remained practically unchanged since its inception. More

A REAL COELACANTH! 04:24 - 1 year ago Until 70 years ago, it was accepted that a fossil fish called the coelacanth was an outright intermediate form. More

The coelacanth, thought to have been extinct for seventy million years and used as an example of a fish-tetrapod transition, is found still alive, unchanged in form, today. Source: Morris, Henry M., 1974. More

know about coelacanth anatomy and behavior, and what remains mysterious. No captured specimens have yet survived more than a few hours, no young have ever been observed, and the purpose of certain organs is still unknown. More

Common names

Afrikansk blå fisk in Danish (dansk)
Celacanto in Spanish (español)
Celecanto in Spanish (español)
Coelacanth in English
Coelacanthe in French (français)
Gombessa in English
Gombessa in Other
Latimeria in English
Latimeria in Finnish (suomen kieli)
Latimeria in Polish (polski)
Latimérie podivná in Czech (česky)
Mamme in Other
Old four legs in English
Quastenflosser in German (Deutsch)
Seelakant in Afrikaans
Selakant in Afrikaans
Tofsstjärtfisk in Swedish (Svenska)
латимерия in Russian (русский язык)
矛尾魚 in Mandarin Chinese
矛尾鱼 in Mandarin Chinese

Order : Coelacanthiformes
Family : Latimeriidae
Genus : Latimeria
Species : Latimeria chalumnae
Authority : Smith, 1939