Ecology of Latimeria chalumnae
 
Main Ref. Uyeno, T. and T. Tsutsumi, 1991
Distribution
Marine - Neritic
  • supra-littoral zone
  • littoral zone
  • sublittoral zone
Marine - Oceanic
  • epipelagic
  • mesopelagic
  • epipelagic
  • abyssopelagic
  • hadopelagic
Brackishwater
  • estuaries/lagoons/brackish seas
  • mangroves
  • marshes/swamps
Freshwater
  • rivers/streams
  • lakes/ponds
  • caves
  • exclusively in caves
Highighted items on the list are where Latimeria chalumnae may be found.
Remarks Observations support the idea that this fish drifts and executes a sudden, deliberate bite within a short distance using its powerful jaws when prey moves within reach. Based on stomach contents, it is deduced that this fish feeds at least in part on the ocean floor. The headstanding, drift feeding orientation may offer supportive evidence for an electroreceptive function of the rostral organ (Ref. 28021).

Substrate

Substrate Hard Bottom;
Substrate Ref.
Special habitats