Sea perches or lates perches are the common names for the members of the Latidae family. The family members are distinguished by their concave snout profile. Other features include their preopercle with a stout flat spine at angle, dorsal fin deeply incised, lateral line extending onto caudal fin, and eyes with reddish reflection.
Members of the Latidae are found in the Africa, Indian and Pacific oceans. There are 3 genera and 13 species worldwide. They are excellent food fishes, and some species are of commercial importance and good sports fishes. The family members can be found in sea, brackish and freshwater, most of the time in a small group or solitary. They feed mostly on prawn and small fishes.