Bigeye lates

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Lates mariae
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Latidae
Genus: Lates
Species: L. mariae
Binomial name
Lates mariae
Steindachner, 1909

Lates mariae, the Bigeye lates, is a species of lates perch native to Lake Tanganyika and from the Lualaba drainage in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Juveniles inhabit inshore habitats while adults inhabit benthic environments in deeper waters, being the top predator at depths of 100 metres (330 ft) and greater. It is known to make diurnal migrations to surface waters to prey on pelagic fishes. This species can reach a length of 80 centimetres (31 in) TL. This species is commercially important and is also popular as a game fish.[2]


  1. ^ Ntakimazi, G. 2006. Lates mariae. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. < Archived June 27, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.>. Downloaded on 01 January 2014.
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Lates mariae" in FishBase. December 2013 version.