Mozambique Tilapia


The ​Mozambique Tilapia, scientifically known as Oreochromis⁤ mossambicus, is a popular species of fish in⁤ the⁤ cichlid family. It’s widely distributed across⁢ many parts of the world mainly due ⁢to its hardiness and adaptability.

Conservation Status

Currently, Mozambique ‍Tilapia isn’t ‌listed on⁢ any ⁤endangered ⁤or ⁢threatened species lists. Due to its ⁣high adaptability and reproduction rates, Mozambique​ Tilapia is even considered an invasive species in certain parts of the world.⁣ Therefore, conservation efforts are relatively low, focusing more on controlling their populations in non-native habitats.


Average Length:
Length Range:
20-45 cm
Average⁣ Weight:
Weight Range:
Average Lifespan:
Approximately 11 years


Originally native to Southern Africa, Mozambique​ Tilapia are now found ​in ‌various regions around the⁣ world including ​India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, ‌the⁤ United States, ‌and others.⁢ They are ⁢widely spread due to the aquaculture industry and are now‌ also found⁤ in many ​freshwater and brackish systems globally. They do not exhibit any labeled migration ‍patterns.


Mozambique ⁢Tilapia ​thrive in a variety of⁢ water types including brackish estuaries and freshwater habitats.⁤ They are adaptable to various environments but‌ prefer warm, slow-moving waters.⁤ They‌ generally reside in shallow waters and can tolerate ​a⁢ range of temperatures.

When and Where⁤ to See

Despite their highly‍ adaptable nature, Mozambique Tilapia prefer temperatures around 22°C-30°C. Active throughout‌ the year, these fish are mostly seen in the daylight hours.

Best Fishing Locations

S.No Location
1 South ‍Florida, USA
2 Nile River, Egypt
3 Lake Victoria, Africa
4 Lake Kariba,⁢ Zimbabwe
5 Lake⁣ Malawi, Africa

For‌ fishing Mozambique Tilapia, look for warm, slow-moving waters‌ during daylight hours.

How to Catch

Mozambique Tilapia ​are omnivorous and can be caught using ⁢various types of bait⁣ like worms, ⁣insects, and ​algae. ⁢Light ‌tackle ⁢fishing methods are generally effective.

Identification ⁤Guide

Mozambique Tilapia typically have⁣ a uniform dark grey or black ⁤color throughout their body.‍ Males often have a pink or orange hue along their throat and ⁤belly.


Mozambique Tilapia⁣ has a ⁤mild taste and white color when cooked.‍ It’s typically grilled or ‌fried and served with a variety⁢ of sauces.‍ Regarding nutritional information, it is a good source of protein‍ and ​contains essential vitamins and minerals.

Additional​ Information

Mozambique Tilapia are⁤ known for ⁢their high‍ reproductive rates and aggressive territorial behaviors.‍ They feed on​ various food resources, including algae, insects, small fish,⁤ and detritus. ‍Their‍ main ‍predators are large fish⁣ species and birds. Culturally, they hold importance in many communities where they​ are farmed for food.

References and Further Reading

  • CABI – Oreochromis ⁣mossambicus (Mozambique Tilapia)
  • FishBase – Oreochromis mossambicus
  • Aquarium Domain – Mozambique Tilapia