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Lates angustifrons  Boulenger, 1906

Tanganyika 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; demersal; pH range: 7.5 - 8.2; dH range: 20 - 40.   Tropical; 22°C - 28°C (Ref. 12468); 3°S - 9°S

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Africa: widely distributed in Lake Tanganyika (Ref. 2216, 36901) and present in the Malagarazi River delta (Ref. 54847).

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm 56.5  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 200 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4967); max. published weight: 100.0 kg (Ref. 58490)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Spacing between dorsal fins more than between last spines of first dorsal fin. Caudal fin rounded in adults, rounded and spotted in juveniles. Eyes small, less than interorbital with.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Juveniles live in a specific inshore habitat until they reach 18 cm (Ref. 2216) also found near and in slow flowing affluents (Ref. 36901). Adults found from the littoral to near the limit of the oxygenated zone (Ref. 2216). Solitary, lurking predator, probably favoring rocky bottoms and unspecialized in its fish diet; highly susceptible to intensive fishing (Ref. 2216). Feeds largely on benthic cichlids (Ref. 4967, 36901), but also takes sardines (Ref. 4967). Threatened due to over harvesting (Ref. 58490).

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

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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. 115185)

  Endangered (EN) (A2bcd)

CITES (Ref. 115941)

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=0.01047 (0.00632 - 0.01736), b=3.04 (2.89 - 3.19), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this species & Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  4.5   ±0.80 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (tm=3-5; K=0.25; tmax=13).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Moderate to high vulnerability (55 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.