Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Latidae
Etymology: Lates: Latin, lateo, latere = to be hidden. More on author: Steindachner.
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; demersal; depth range ? - 75 m (Ref. 36901). Tropical; 3°S - 9°S
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm 45.5  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 80.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 3636)
Africa: Lake Tanganyika (Ref. 2216, 36901); widely distributed throughout the lake (Ref. 36901). In the Lukuga River (Lake Tanganyika outflow), known up to Niemba (Ref. 93587).
Juveniles live in a specific inshore habitat until they reach 18 cm, thereafter they adopt a benthic habitat moving into deep water (Ref. 2216). Juveniles have been observed near or in affluent rivers (Ref. 36901). Top predator in depths below 100 m; exploits both fishes and invertebrates; migrate diurnally to surface to feed on pelagic clupeids; highly susceptible to intensive fishing (Ref. 2216).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
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)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: commercial; gamefish: yes
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5006 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00933 (0.00560 - 0.01554), b=3.01 (2.86 - 3.16), based on LWR estimates for species & Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 4.2 ±0.69 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (tmax=12-13).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (40 of 100) .