Environmental Biology of Fishes

, Volume 54, Issue 4, pp 445–451 | Cite as

The Second Recorded Living Coelacanth from North Sulawesi

  • Mark V. Erdmann
  • Roy L. Caldwell
  • Susan L. Jewett
  • Agus Tjakrawidjaja


A detailed account of the second coelacanth specimen known to have been captured in Indonesian waters is provided. The account is written in the official format of the Coelacanth Conservation Council's (CCC) inventory of known specimens of the living coelacanth Latimeria chalumnae, and the specimen is herein numbered CCC no. 175. Morphological measurements and fin ray counts are recorded. A comparison of these measurements and meristic data with those recorded for Comoran specimens of Latimeria chalumnae shows that the present specimen has a similar allometry to L. chalumnae. Ongoing genetic analyses should reveal the depth of divergence between the two known populations of living coelacanths and help determine if this specimen is conspecific with its Comoran counterparts.

Latimeria chalumnae Manado Indonesia gillnet biogeography morphometry 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark V. Erdmann
    • 1
  • Roy L. Caldwell
    • 1
  • Susan L. Jewett
    • 2
  • Agus Tjakrawidjaja
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Integrative BiologyUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyU.S.A. (e-mail
  2. 2.National Museum of Natural HistorySmithsonian InstitutionWashington, D.CU.S.A
  3. 3.Research and Development Centre for Biology, LIPICibinongIndonesia

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