coelacanth


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coelacanth:

see lobefinlobefin,
common name for any of a group of lunged, fleshy-finned, bony fishes, also called crossopterygians, that were dominant in the Devonian period and may have given rise to amphibians.
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limbless aquatic vertebrate animal with fins and internal gills. Traditionally the living fish have been divided into three class: the primitive jawless fishes, or Agnatha; the cartilaginous (sharklike) fishes, or Chondrichthyes; and the bony fishes, or Osteichthyes.
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coelacanth

[′sē·lə‚kanth]
(vertebrate zoology)
Any member of the Coelacanthiformes, an order of lobefin fishes represented by a single living genus, Latimeria.

coelacanth

a primitive marine bony fish of the genus Latimeria (subclass Crossopterygii), having fleshy limblike pectoral fins and occurring off the coast of E Africa: thought to be extinct until a living specimen was discovered in 1938
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The coelacanth, in case you didn't know, is a type of prehistoric fish that even today, believe it or not, is still hauled out of the ocean depths once in a while by commercial fishermen.
The coelacanth is said to have been extinct for 60 million years.
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1928: A coelacanth, a prehistoric fish believed to be extinct, was caught off the South African coast.
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