Nile perch bone, taken in the area of Lake Turkana (in front of northern island) with an Eos 3 (non-digital) by Cyrille Le Déaut
Lates is a genus of freshwater and marine fish in the family Latidae of the order Perciformes. The type species is Lates niloticus, the Nile perch. The Lates species are native to the Indian and western Pacific Oceans and to rivers and lakes in Africa; several species are endemic to the Rift Valley lakes. The generic name is also used as a common name, lates, for many of the species.