Fish thought to have been extinct since the Cretaceous Period but found in 1938 off the coast of Africa; SYN. Latimeria chalumnae.
large, spiny, bony-plated fish—probable link between fishes and amphibious reptiles—believed to have become extinct 60 million years ago, live specimens of which were caught in 1952.
Lobe-finned fish Latimeria chalumnae up to 2 m/6 ft long. It has bone and muscle at the base of the fins, and is distantly related to the freshwater lobefins, which were the ancestors of all land animals with backbones. Coelacanths live in deep water (200 m/650 ft) around the Comoros Islands, off the coast of Madagascar. They were believed to be extinct until one was caught in 1938.
Coelacanths are now under threat; a belief that fluid from the spine has a life-extending effect has made them much sought after.
Množina reči coelacanthid je coelacanthids.
Množina reči coelacanthine je coelacanthines.
latimeria chalumnae / |latimeria| |chalumnae| /
Množina reči latimeria chalumnae je latimeria chalumnaes.