Oreochromis mossambicus (Peters, 1852)


Genus: Oreochromis Gunther

Body elongated, compressed, mouth terminal, large cleft extending to below anterior border of the orbit. Spinous part of dorsal fin longer than soft rays, which may be produced into a filament.

Synony ms: Chromis mossambicus W.K.H Peters, 1852; C. niloticus var mossambicus W.K.H Peters, 1852; Tilapia mossambicus W.K.H Peters, 1852; T. dumerilii Steindachner, 1864.

Diagnosis: Dorsal fin rays 15-16/10-12, anal 3/10-11, pectoral 14-15. Caudal fin truncate, body olive green, deep and compressed, dark markings, lower jaw longer.

Common names: Mozambique tilapia

Distribution: Introduced in crocodile rehabilitation Centre in Phuentsholing

Altitude: 200 MASL

Conservation status: Introduced