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Barramundi (L. calcarifer)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Suborder: Percoidei
Family: Latidae
D. S. Jordan, 1888

The Latidae, known as the lates perches, are a family of perch-like fishes found in Africa, Asia and the Indian and western Pacific Oceans. The family, previously classified subfamily Latinae in family Centropomidae, was raised to family status in 2004 after a cladistic analysis showed the original Centropomidae were paraphyletic.[2]

Many species in this family are important food fishes, and some have been introduced outside their native ranges to provide fishing stocks. The freshwater Nile perch, a fierce predator, has become infamous, as its introduction into Lake Victoria in the 1960s has wrought devastation on the native fishes of the lake, causing the extinction of many.


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2013). "Latidae" in FishBase. October 2013 version.
  2. ^ Otero, Olga (May 2004). "Anatomy, systematics and phylogeny of both Recent and fossil latid fishes (Teleostei, Perciformes, Latidae)" (abstract). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 141 (1): 81. doi:10.1111/j.1096-3642.2004.00111.x. Retrieved 2006-08-15. [dead link]