Locomotion of the coelacanth Latimeria chalumnae in its natural environment

@article{Fricke1987LocomotionOT,
  title={Locomotion of the coelacanth Latimeria chalumnae in its natural environment},
  author={Hans Fricke and Olaf Reinicke and Heribert Hofer and Werner Nachtigall},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1987},
  volume={329},
  pages={331-333}
}
The coelacanth Latimeria chalumnae is the only living relic of a fossil group of crossopterygian lobe-finned fish1–4. We describe observations of its locomotion in a natural environment using six individuals observed from the research submersible Geo in the Indian Ocean at a depth of between 117 and 198 m. Past speculation on the pattern of locomotion has included crawling with the paired fins on the rocky ocean bottom, stalking like a large piscivorous grouper, or even fast swimming in open… CONTINUE READING
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