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Temporal range: 228.0–203.6 Ma
Late Triassic
Chinlea BW.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sarcopterygii
Subclass: Actinistia
Order: Coelacanthiformes
Family: Mawsoniidae
Genus: Chinlea
  • Chinlea campii
  • Chinlea sorenseni[1]
Chinlea (middle left) and other fish from the Chinle Formation

Chinlea is an extinct genus of Triassic mawsoniid coelacanth fish found in the Southwestern United States states of Arizona and New Mexico.[2] The length of Chinlea was about 1.5 m (5 feet). It weighed around 68 kg. (150 pounds). Chinlea had lobed fins and a slender tail. The teeth were large and sharp.


  1. ^ A New Specimen of Chinlea sorenseni from the Chinle Formation, Dolores River, Colorado. David K. Elliott, Journal of the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science, Vol. 22, No. 1, Triassic Continental Deposits of the American Southwest (1987), pp. 47-52 (| Stable URL] retrieved 04 May 2016)
  2. ^ The paleobiology Database