Lates mariae 

Scope: Global, Pan-Africa & Eastern Africa
Language: English

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Latidae

Scientific Name: Lates mariae Steindachner,1909
Common Name(s):
English Bigeye Lates

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable A2bcd ver 3.1
Year Published: 2006
Date Assessed: 2006-01-31
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Ntakimazi, G.
Reviewer(s): Snoeks, J. (Freshwater Fish Red List Authority) & Darwall, W. (Freshwater Biodiversity Assessment Programme)
Endemic to Lake Tanganyika where fisheries catches have declined by more than 50% in the last 20 years due to heavy fishing. Sedimentation inshore is a threat to habitat for juveniles. With an estimated generation time of 1.4–4.4 years (FishBase) the time period for decline is around 10 years. It is estimated that a decline of 30% of 10 years is probable.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Endemic to Lake Tanganyika where it also enters the deltas of major rivers including the Rusizi and Malagarasi.
Countries occurrence:
Burundi; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Tanzania, United Republic of; Zambia
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Population [top]

Population:Common, but fisheries catches have declined dramatically in the last 15 years.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Adults found in bentho-pelagic and littoral zones in the lake. Juveniles are found in lake's littoral zone, marginal macrophytes beds and lower parts of rivers.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Heavy fishing in pelagic and littoral zones.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None known.

Citation: Ntakimazi, G. 2006. Lates mariae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2006: e.T60836A12416789. . Downloaded on 22 September 2018.
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