Lates microlepis  Boulenger, 1898

Forktail lates
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Latidae (Lates perches)
Etymology: Lates: Latin, lateo, latere = to be hidden.   More on author: Boulenger.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; pelagic.   Tropical; 24°C - 28°C (Ref. 2059); 3°S - 9°S

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm 51.0  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 93.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 40637); max. published weight: 8.3 kg (Ref. 4699)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Caudal fin emarginate in juveniles.

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Africa: endemic to Lake Tanganyika (Ref. 2216) and widely distributed throughout the lake (Ref. 36901).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Juveniles live in a specific inshore habitat until they reach 18 cm, thereafter it lives in the superficial pelagic zone; exclusively pelagic predator, feeding on clupeids and to a lesser extent on Luciolates; highly susceptible to intensive fishing (Ref. 2216). Oviparous (Ref. 205). Also caught using handlines (Ref. 4967).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

May breed in areas with plants (Ref. 205). Distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205). Oviparous (Ref. 205).

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Coulter, G.W., 1976. The biology of Lates species in Lake Tanganyika, and the status of the pelagic fishery for Lates species and Luciolates stapersii. J. Fish Biol. 9:235-259. (Ref. 2216)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)

  Endangered (EN) (A2bcd)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Fisheries: commercial; gamefish: yes
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5006   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00912 (0.00510 - 0.01632), b=3.03 (2.87 - 3.19), based on LWR estimates for species & Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  4.4   ±0.77 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (tm=3-5).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Moderate vulnerability (37 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.