|Scientific Name:||Lates macrophthalmus Worthington, 1929|
|Taxonomic Notes:||Taxonomic distinction probably not obvious when compared with Lates niloticus.|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1|
|Reviewer(s):||Snoeks, J. (Freshwater Fish Red List Authority) & Darwall, W. (Freshwater Biodiversity Assessment Programme)|
This species is restricted to the single lake ecosystem (Lake Albert) where it is confined to waters deeper than 18 m (extent of occurrence <5,000 km²) in a lake becoming increasingly eutrophic. This habitat is likely to become anoxic unless organic pollution is reduced. It is also subject to heavy fishing.
|Range Description:||Endemic to Lake Albert.|
Native:Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Uganda
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|Population:||No information available.|
|Current Population Trend:||Decreasing|
|Habitat and Ecology:||Said to be confined to waters deeper than 60 feet deep. No precise data on feeding habits and breeding behaviour available. Probably takes macro-invertebrates while young and converts to a fish diet at juvenile and adult stages.|
|Major Threat(s):||Eutrophication and anoxia in the deep-water habitat. Heavy fishing pressure.|
|Conservation Actions:||None known.|
IUCN. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
|Citation:||Twongo, T.K. 2006. Lates macrophthalmus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2006: e.T60835A12416713.Downloaded on 16 December 2017.|