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  The Coelacanth
by MarioPortugal

The Museu de História Natural -The Natural History Museum- has also on display a sample of the Coelacanth, a fish that was thought to have been extinct since the Cretaceous Period but found in 1938 off the coast of southern Africa.

When first found, in 1938, the fish was referred to as a "living fossil".

I recommend this great website on the Coelacanth: www.dinofish.com and also Fishy Facts: The Coelacanth

Reproduction: [Click here to read more about the Coelacanth at the Wikipedia].
Coelacanths give birth to live young. Its reproductive behaviors are not well known, but it is believed that they are not sexually mature until after 20 years of age. Gestation time is 13 months, females give birth to between 5 and 25 babies, which are capable of surviving on their own immediately after birth. (Wikipedia).

Address: Av. Travessia do Zambeze 104, Maputo - Mozambique
Directions: The Museu de História Natural is located in front of Hotel Cardoso.
Phone: (+258) 21-491-145

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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