Common name: Tanganyika lates
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Identification: Howells 1992b.
Size: 4.5 kg.
Native Range: Lake Tanganyika, Africa (Robins et al. 1991b).
Hydrologic Unit Codes (HUCs) Explained
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Interactive maps: Point Distribution Maps
Tanganyika Perch were imported to Texas in 1975 for research and had been stocked in Coleto Creek Reservoir in 1981 (Howells 1992a, 1992b) and in Smithers Reservoir in 1985 (Howells and Garrett 1992; Howells 1992a, 1992b) when the research ended.
Table 1. States with nonindigenous occurrences, the earliest and latest observations in each state, and the tally and names of HUCs with observations†. Names and dates are hyperlinked to their relevant specimen records. The list of references for all nonindigenous occurrences of Lates angustifrons are found here.
Table last updated 10/2/2023
† Populations may not be currently present.
Means of Introduction: Intentional stocking by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for sport fishing.
Status: It is believed that both stockings failed, since there have been no recent recoveries (Howells 1992a, 1992b).
Impact of Introduction: The impacts of this species are currently unknown, as no studies have been done to determine how it has affected ecosystems in the invaded range. The absence of data does not equate to lack of effects. It does, however, mean that research is required to evaluate effects before conclusions can be made.
References: (click for full references)
Howells, R. G. 1992a. Annotated list of introduced non-native fishes, mollusks, crustaceans and aquatic plants in Texas waters. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Management Data Series 78, Austin, TX. 19 pp.
Howells, R. G. 1992b. Guide to identification of harmful and potentially harmful fishes, shellfishes and aquatic plants prohibited in Texas. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Special Publication, Austin, TX. 182 pp. (+ appendices).
Howells, R. G., and G. P. Garrett. 1992. Status of some exotic sport fishes in Texas waters. Texas Journal of Science 44(3):317-324.
Robins, C. R., R. M. Bailey, C. E. Bond, J. R. Brooker, E. A. Lachner, R. N. Lea, and W. B. Scott. 1991b. World fishes important to North Americans exclusive of species from the continental waters of the United States and Canada. American Fisheries Society Special Publication 21. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, MD. 243 pp.
Revision Date: 12/18/2019
Peer Review Date: 11/13/2003
Fuller, P., 2023, Lates angustifrons Boulenger, 1906: U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?SpeciesID=410, Revision Date: 12/18/2019, Peer Review Date: 11/13/2003, Access Date: 10/3/2023
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