CoelacanthLatimeria chalumnae aggregates in caves: first observations on their resting habitat and social behavior

  title={CoelacanthLatimeria chalumnae aggregates in caves: first observations on their resting habitat and social behavior},
  author={Hans W. Fricke and J{\"u}rgen Schauer and Karen Hissmann and Lutz Kasang and Rapha{\"e}l Plante},
  journal={Environmental Biology of Fishes},
SynopsisWe report first observations on social behavior ofLatimeria chalumnae in its natural environment at around 200 m depth in the Comoro Archipelago, Western Indian Ocean. Coelacanths aggregate in small nonaggressive groups in sheltered lava-caves. They live in open site-attached social systems with individuals occupying large overlapping home ranges of more than 8 km coastline, some for a period of at least 2 years. 

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