Coelacanth dossier
Common Name Coelacanth
Group Fish
Species Coelacanth nutritia
Time Cretaceous-Holocene
Diet Omnivore
Temperament Reactive
Tameable No
Rideable No

Coelacanth Nutritia is one of the few creatures on the island with a relative that can be found back home. The Coelacanth lives in the waters around the island, as well as the rivers and lakes within the island. Unlike most Coelacanth, Coelacanth Nutritia meat contains less oil and urea. In fact, it is one of the healthier sources of meat on the island.

Most Coelacanths are opportunistic feeders that eat anything smaller that itself, likely including baby water snakes, insect and plant life, and perhaps each other?


While Coelacanths cannot be tamed the way most creatures on the island can, they provide a possible source of meat for coastal tribes that have the time to catch them.

Due to their small size, though, a larger tribe would require a significant number of Coelacanths to feed itself.

— The Dossier

The Coelacanth (See-luh-kanth) or Coel is a small omnivorous fish found in the waters of the Ark.

Wikipedia has a more detailed and comprehensive article on Coelacanth


A big dark fish with some lighter spots. Its scales look like thick armor plates. It also has blueish eyes and large fins.


The Coelacanth will lazily swim around until provoked. At that point, they will swim away from the player.


This creature cannot be tamed. However they can still be used as a source of food for lone survivors; tribes may also choose to depend on these, but will require a large amount to provide themselves with plenty of food.


They can be found in almost any body of water, from rivers to lakes to the ocean. Watch out for the Megalodon when hunting these in deeper waters!


  • Coelacanths are a great way to get easy Raw Fish Meat, if needed. However, they do not give hide!
  • Depending on how much melee damage % you skilled on yourself or your creature, you get more meat out of Coelacanths.
  • As of patch v180.0, when you kill a Coelacanth or Piranha with a spear, the fish is instantly grabbed so that you can stay out of the water.
  • Coelacanth are often a major cause of severe lag for most players due to the fact that they can spawn in enormous numbers in the rivers and lakes further inland. Thus, a way to reduce lag for many local games is to lower the Dino Count from 1.0 to about 0.5.
  • As of patch v235, Coelacanths come in different sizes, giving different amounts of meat depending on its size. Possible now to get over 200 meat from a single fish.

Trivia not relevant for the game

  • In real life, Coelacanth's meat is actually bad for humans, as it contains oil, wax, urea, and other compounds that are hard to be digested. This could cause diarrhea. This is pointed out in the dossier, which states the meat of Coelacanth nutritia contains less oil and urea than those of other Coelocanth species making it more suitable for eating.
  • Coelacanth, in real life, was believed to be extinct 65 million years ago, until it was discovered again, alive, in 1938.
  • Coelacanth was previously believed to only have one species. However, in 1999, in Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia, another Coelacanth species was discovered again.


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