plural noun

: a family of living deep-sea coelacanth fishes currently known only from the southern African genus Latimeria and the Malagasy genus Malania and having their nearest relatives among fishes that became extinct in the Mesozoic

Word History


New Latin, from Latimeria, type genus + -idae

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“Latimeriidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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