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Nile Perch

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Nile perch
Scientific Name:

Lates niloticus (ITIS)

Common Name:
Nile Perch
Photo:
Nile perch - Pam Schofield - DOI, U.S. Geological Survey
Native To:

Africa (NAS Database)

Date of U.S. Introduction:
Means of Introduction:

Intentionally introduced to Texas for sport fishing (Rutledge and Lyons 1976)

Impact:

Was introduced to Lake Victoria (Africa) in 1954, where it destroyed 200 native species of fish through predation and competition for food (Kaufman 1992); no negative impact in Texas so far as the species is still controlled (NAS Database)

Current U.S. Distribution:
Not currently established

Federally Regulated

  • DOI. FWS. Fish and Aquatic Conservation.

    Includes species listed as injurious wildlife under the Federal Lacey Act, which makes it illegal in the United States to import, export, or transport between States without a permit. Regulation of transport or use within a State is the responsibility of each State. Possession of a species within State boundaries is also the responsibility of each State and is not regulated by an injurious wildlife listing. Injurious wildlife are wild mammals, wild birds, amphibians, reptiles, fishes, crustaceans, mollusks and their offspring or eggs that are injurious to the interests of human beings, agriculture, horticulture, forestry, wildlife or wildlife resources of the U.S. Plants and organisms other than those stated above cannot be listed as injurious wildlife.
    See also: Injurious Wildlife: A Summary of the Injurious Provisions of the Lacey Act (Dec 2017; PDF | 401 KB)

Selected Resources

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Partnership

IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.

Federal Government

DOI. USGS. Wetland and Aquatic Research Center.
Provides distribution maps and collection information (State and County).

Citations