plural noun

Definition of Latimeriidae

: 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

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New Latin, from Latimeria, type genus + -idae

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“Latimeriidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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