Environmental Biology of Fishes

, Volume 54, Issue 4, pp 439–443 | Cite as

An Account of the First Living Coelacanth known to Scientists from Indonesian Waters

  • Mark V. Erdmann


A brief narrative is presented of the events surrounding the initial discovery of a coelacanth in an Indonesian fish market in Manado, Sulawesi, on 18 September 1997. Although the specimen was not purchased and preserved, photographs were taken and enough information gathered about the fish to warrant an official entry in the Coelacanth Conservation Council (CCC) inventory of known specimens of the living coelacanth Latimeria chalumnae. All known information about this first Indonesian specimen is summarized in the official CCC inventory format, and the specimen is herein numbered CCC no. 174.

Sulawesi Manado Latimeria chalumnae fish market gillnet biogeography 


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark V. Erdmann
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  1. 1.Department of Integrative BiologyUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyU.S.A. (e-mail

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