Environmental Biology of Fishes

, Volume 30, Issue 3, pp 281–286

CoelacanthLatimeria chalumnae aggregates in caves: first observations on their resting habitat and social behavior

  • Hans Fricke
  • Jürgen Schauer
  • Karen Hissmann
  • Lutz Kasang
  • Raphael Plante
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Synopsis

We report first observations on social behavior ofLatimeria chalumnae in its natural environment at around 200 m depth in the Comoro Archipelago, Western Indian Ocean. Coelacanths aggregate in small nonaggressive groups in sheltered lava-caves. They live in open site-attached social systems with individuals occupying large overlapping home ranges of more than 8 km coastline, some for a period of at least 2 years.

Key words

Living fossil Submersible observations Actinistian Sarcopterygii 

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Copyright information

© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans Fricke
    • 1
  • Jürgen Schauer
    • 1
  • Karen Hissmann
    • 1
  • Lutz Kasang
    • 1
  • Raphael Plante
    • 2
  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für VerhaltensphysiologieSeewiesenFederal Republic of Germany
  2. 2.Centre d'Océanologie de MarseilleStation Marine d'EndoumeMarseilleFrance

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