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post #1 of 3 Old 11-18-2011, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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Talking Coelacanths off the coast of africa !!!

this week if been researching and found out that scientists have discovered the 2nd breeding groups of coelacanths off the coast of africa, thought to be extinct for houndreds of years......this news i find to be very interesting , so i thought i would share it with you and see what you think


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post #2 of 3 Old 11-18-2011, 05:57 PM
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Coelacanths have been know to science for about 80 years now. They are not a "missing link" as some would claim; they are an offshoot of the lobe-finned fish and just happened to survive to the present day. Just another ancient fish that made it through to today like sturgeon and lungfish. Interesting enough, coelacanth is actually an order of fish and now just a single species. I believe there are 2 extant species both in the genus Latimeria. Coelacanths are also livebearers, ovoviviparous much like our common guppies and mollies. Another interesting but depressing fact about the Coelacanths is that they are endangered by commercial deep-sea trawling that is allowed to happen off the coast of Africa. I had to write a paper on Sarcopterygii (lobe-finned fishes) in my Ichthyology class. That's where I fell in love with coelacanths as well as some other ancient fish.


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post #3 of 3 Old 11-19-2011, 01:47 AM Thread Starter
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I love to hear bout things like this , its just fascinating that such an "ancient" fish is still around tday

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