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Class Sarcopterygii

sar kop' tuh rij' E I', lobe-finned fishes


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Coelacanth (Latimeria chalumnae)Coelacanth (Latimeria chalumnae)
Once believed to have gone extinct about 65 million years ago, the first living coelacanth specimen was discovered in 1938 off the coast of South Africa. The scaly body is dark blue or brown in color with white speckles, the pattern of which is unique to each individual and provides good camouflage against cave walls.

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