Lipids of the Living Coelacanth, Latimeria chalumnae

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Science  24 Jun 1966:
Vol. 152, Issue 3730, pp. 1753-1755
DOI: 10.1126/science.152.3730.1753


The muscle of Latimeria chalumnae contains 30 to 71 percent (dry weight) of lipid deposited extracellularly. Wax esters constituted 90 percent or more of the lipids from muscle and fat storage tissues. These esters, by gaschromatographic analysis, consisted of C30 to C40 homologs with one or two double bonds.