Latimeria chalumnae, Coelacanth


Latimeria chalumnae (Coelacanth)

Locality: West Indian Ocean
Formation: recent non-fossil
Length: 1.2 m (4 feet)
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Coelacanth scale

Latimeria chalumnae Coelacanth

This reconstruction is a cast taken directly from a freshly-captured coelacanth. This is not only spectacular to view, but has important historical significance as the “living fossil” discovered by Hendrik Goosen and identified by Margorie Courtenay-Latimer in 1938. Prior to their discovery, all species of coelacanth were only known from fossils. Shown here you can see the bright blue natural color and pattern of this large lobe-finned fish species.

Cimolichthys nepaholica