Coelacanths are living fossils. The whole group was thought to be extinct until a specimen was caught in 1938. There are two living species: the coelacanth and the Sulawesi coelacanth. They inhabit deep water, so are rarely seen and difficult to film.
Scientific name: Latimeria
The following habitats are found across the Coelacanths distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
Discover what these behaviours are and how different plants and animals use them.
Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Take a trip through the natural world with our themed collections of video clips from the natural history archive.
Like nowhere else on Earth, the mystery and magic of Madagascar leaves a vivid impression on all those who visit, and none more so than David Attenborough.
Watch the most memorable moments from an incredible career watching wildlife, chosen by Sir David from the BBC archive.