Nile Perch

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Lates niloticus - (Linneaus, 1758)
Nile Perch

An important food fish in many African rivers.

[edit] Overview

One of the world's 100-worst invasive species, the Nile Perch is also much sought after as a food fish in Africa, where it is a prize catch for sportsfishermen.

After its introduction into Lake Victoria in the Rift Valley as a would-be food fish in the 1950s, the Nile Perch has single-handedly brought about the extinction of an estimated 250 species of endemic cichlids.

Lates niloticus juvenile.

In some waters, the Nile Perch itself is threatened by over harvesting.

It is reported to reach weights of 200 kg (441 lbs.).

Family: Latidae

Other common name(s):

  • African Snook
  • Victoria Perch
  • Capitaine

Native range:

Maximum length: 200 cm (79 in)

Water: Freshwater 24 °C (297 K, 75 °F) - 28 °C (301 K, 82 °F)

[edit] Notes

Darwin's Nightmare, a controversial documentary film by Hubert Sauper, depicts the tragic aftermath of the introduction of Nile Perch into Lake Victoria. According to the filmmakers, this species has brought wealth to exporters and destitution to local fisherfolk.

Poster for Nile Perch documentary.

Photo Credits:

Image credit: JJ



Facts about Nile PerchRDF feed
Common name Nile Perch  +, African Snook  +, Victoria Perch  +, and Capitaine  +
Family Latidae  +
Genus Lates  +
Image credit JJ  +
Maximum length 79 in  +
Native range Africa  +, Nile River  +, Chad River Basin  +, Senegal  +, Volta River  +, and Congo River  +
Specific name niloticus  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Freshwater  +