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An Updated Inventory of All Known Specimens of the Coelacanth, Latimeria Spp.


Series: Smithiana Special Publication Volume: 3

By: Rik Nulens (Author), Lucy Scott (Author), Marc Herbin (Author)

52 pages, colour photos, b/w illustrations, colour maps, tables

South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity

Paperback | Sep 2011 | #196835
Availability: In stock
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About this book

A list is presented of all known specimens of the coelacanth Latimeria chalumnae Smith 1939 and L. menadoensis Pauyaud et al. 1999. It is based on a previous inventory, published by the Coelacanth Conservation Council (CCC) in Environmental Biology of Fishes (EBF) 32: 371-390 (1991), extended with new catches and a new survey of the literature and extensive correspondence with museums, aquariums, universities and other institutional holdings worldwide. There has also been a complete check and update of the Millot et al. inventory (1978) housed at the National Museum for Natural History (MNHN) in Paris. At least 299 coelacanths are known to have been caught since the first coelacanth was found off South Africa in 1938. Subsequent specimens were caught in the Comoros, Madagascar, Mozambique, Kenya, Indonesia and Tanzania. As of 8 September 2003, the capture list is dominated by coelacanth captures in Tanzania whereas the number of catches in the Comoros stabilised or decreased over the last 10 years. We express our hope that the implementation of the Tanga Coelacanth Marine Park, gazetted on 28 August 2009, will play a role in reducing catches in Tanzania during the years to come.

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