A Living Coelacanthid fish from South Africa

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A Living Coelacanthid fish from South Africa

By Smith, J. L. B.

SKU# 19008

$ 250.00

Pp. 106 + 44 full page black-and-white plates.  One half black leather over dark blue textured cloth with gilt borders on the front and rear covers, spine is lettered in gilt with double gilt panel lines at the head and foot of the spine, original pale green printed wrappers bound in place, sm 4to.  Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa, volume 28, part 1.  The first anatomical description of Latimeria.  This is the first announcement of the discovery of a living representative of extinct family of lobe-finned fishes known as Coelacanths.  The Sarcopterygii, or lobe-finned fishes, is a clade containing the coelacanths, lungfishes, tetrapods and their fossil relatives.  They are the sister group to the ray-finned fishes (Actinopterygii), together forming the bony fishes (Osteichthyes) (from the website Vertebrate Diversity).  Small name stamp “Department of Zoology -- Fisheries” stamped on the front and rear wrappers and occasionally in the margins of the text.  From the research collection of Illinois State University herpetologist Lauren E. Brown with his signature and date on the title page.  Rare work.

Publisher Royal Society of South Africa
Publisher Place Cape Town
Date Published 1939
Date Published Estimated No
Edition First edition
Number of Volumes 1
Reprint No
Condition Near fine
Condition Description A bright and clean copy in near fine condition.
Limited Edition