Genus Latimeria

Fascinating Facts


Coelacanths are nocturnal hunters, sheltering in caves along rocky coastlines throughout the day and foraging at night on squid and other fish.

Status in the Wild

African Coelacanth: Critically Endangered – IUCN 2000; Sulawesi Coelacanth: Vulnerable – IUCN 2008


Along the eastern coast of Africa from the Comoros Islands, past the western coast of Madagascar to the South African coastline, and the Celebes Sea, north of Sulawesi in Indonesia.

Location in the Zoo

Fish and Amphibians Zone of the Sculpture Learning Plaza

Animals & Exhibits