Origin of coelacanthfrom Modern Latin Coelacanthus from Classical Greek koilos (see -coele) + akantha, thorn (see acantho-)
any of an order (Coelacanthiformes) of lobefin fishes, now extinct except for the latimeria
Any of various mostly extinct lobe-finned fishes of the group Coelacanthiformes or Actinistia, known only in fossil form until a living species, Latimeria chalumnae, was identified in 1938. A second Latimeria species was described in 1999.
Origin of coelacanthNew Latin Coelacanthus former genus name Greek koilos hollow ; see -coel . Greek akantha spine (in reference to the hollow spines of the fins)
Any of various fishes of the group Coelacanthiformes or Actinistia, having lobed, fleshy fins. Coelacanths are crossopterygians, the ancient group of lobe-finned fishes that gave rise to land vertebrates. They were known only from Paleozoic and Mesozoic fossils until a living species (Latimeria chalumnae) was found in the Indian Ocean in 1938. A second Latimeria species was described in 1999.
Ancient Greek κοῖλος (koilos, “hollow”) + ἄκανθα (akantha, “spine”).