Lates mariae  Steindachner, 1909

Bigeye 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: Steindachner.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

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)

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Africa: mainly found in Lake Tanganyika (Ref. 2216, 36901) and widely distributed throughout the lake (Ref. 36901), but also recorded from the Kisimba-Kilia rapids just downstream of the Lukuga-Niemba confluence (Lualaba drainage, upper Congo River basin) in Democratic Republic of the Congo (Ref. 93587).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

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).

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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. 90363)

  Vulnerable (VU) (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=0.01318 (0.00785 - 0.02215), b=3.04 (2.89 - 3.19), 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) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.