Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLD) Stats Specimen Records:323 Specimens with Sequences:294 Specimens with Barcodes:282 Species:4 Species With Barcodes:4 Public Records:152 Public Species:4 Public BINs:4
These fishes range in size from less than 30 cm (12 in) to 2 m (6 ft 7 in) in maximum overall length, the largest species reaching weights of up to 200 kg (440 lb). They all have the characteristic centropomid shape, with the two-part dorsal fin and general percoid form.
The Nile perch has become infamous as an invasive species in the east African Lake Victoria, where many native cichlids now are extinct. In contrast to the Nile perch, several smaller members of the genus Lates with relatively restricted African distributions are themselves considered threatened.