Latimeria chalumnae

Latimeria chalumnae
Name: Latimeria chalumnae   (cast)  
Locality: Komore Islands, Indian Ocean
Age: Recent
Showcase: Crossopterygians showcase

Latimeria lives at a depth of 3-400 meters, near the Komor Islands in the Indian Ocean, becomes between 1.2 and 1.6 meters long and weights up to 80 kilograms. The body is covered with large, thick scales and the pectoral fins are very movable. The first specimen was discovered in 1938 off East London on the east coast of the Republic of South. It became a great sensation at the time, as scientists - up to that point - had believed it to be extinct. New specimens were found near Indonesia in 1998.

Other crossopterygians in the exhibition   

[Norsk tekst]
Publisert 18. mai 2011 16:00