Lates longispinis

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Rudolf lates
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Latidae
Genus: Lates
Species: L. longispinis
Binomial name
Lates longispinis
Worthington, 1932
  • Lates niloticus longispinis Worthington, 1932

Lates longispinis, also known as the Rudolf lates or Turkana perch, is a species of latid fish that is endemic to Lake Turkana (formerly known as Lake Rudolf) in Kenya and Ethiopia.[2] It grows to 57 centimetres (22 in) in length.[2] Lates longispinis is important to commercial fisheries and is also known as a gamefish. It is not known to exist in the aquarium fish trade.

Little is known about its status, and consequently the IUCN classifies it as Data Deficient, but according to Kenya's fisheries department the numbers are rising.[2]



The Rudolf lates lives in the deeper waters of the lake, eating prawns off the bottom of the lakes and feeding on schooling characins in the mid-water column.[1]


Not much is known about the breeding habits of L. longispinis. It spawns in the open water in the middle of the lake, and parental care is highly unlikely. The eggs and fry are believed to be pelagic.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Akinyi, E. 2006. Lates longispinis. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. < Archived 2007-12-06 at the Wayback Machine.>. Downloaded on 28 December 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2017). "Lates longispinis" in FishBase. March 2017 version.