coelacanth

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Latimeria chalumnae
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Ancient Greek κοῖλος(koîlos, hollow) + ἄκανθα(ákantha, spine).

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coelacanth ‎(plural coelacanths)

  1. Either of two species of deep-water fish, Latimeria chalumnae of the Indian Ocean and Latimeria menadoensis of Indonesia.
  2. Any lobe-finned fish in the order Coelacanthiformes, thought until 1938 to have been extinct for 70 million years.

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