Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Latidae

Scientific Name: Lates macrophthalmus
Species Authority: Worthington, 1929
Common Name(s):
English Albert Lates
Taxonomic Notes: Taxonomic distinction probably not obvious when compared with Lates niloticus.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2006
Date Assessed: 2006-01-31
Assessor(s): Twongo, T.K.
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.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to Lake Albert.
Countries occurrence:
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Uganda
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Population [top]

Population: No information available.
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:

Habitat and Ecology [top]

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.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Eutrophication and anoxia in the deep-water habitat. Heavy fishing pressure.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None known.

Citation: Twongo, T.K. 2006. Lates macrophthalmus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2006: e.T60835A12416713. . Downloaded on 13 October 2015.
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