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Oreochromis mossambicus

Basic information
Scientific name Oreochromis mossambicus (No picture)
Common names Mozambique tilapia
Higher taxon Cichlidae, Perciformes, Actinopterygii
Natural range E Africa
Habitat Freshwater to Brakish.
Invasion information
Range in Japan Hokkaido, mainland of Kagoshima Pref., Okinawajima Is., Ishigakijima Is., and Ogasawara (Bonin) Islands. Range in Japan
Origin Thailand
Date 1954
Route Deliberate: Cultivated for food
Impact Potentially: Competition for food and nest space.
Affected organism: Native freshwater fishes
Regulation in Japan No action for prevention, mitigation, control, or eradication.
Introduced range in other countries Taiwan, continental China, SE Asia, Borneo, Philippine, S Asia, Jordan, Yemen, Turkey, E Europe, Russia, Egypt, South Africa, W Africa, Australia, New Guinea, New Caledonia, USA, Mexico, Latin America, Caribbean islands, Pacific islands, Seychelles, Maldives, etc.
Reference Notes
  • Biodiversity occurrence data accessed through GBIF Data Portal, 2010-06-11,
  • DECO (ed) (2006) Dictionary of Alien Species. Tokyo-Shoseki, Tokyo (in Jpn)
  • Ecol Soc Jpn (ed) (2002) Handbook of Alien Species in Japan. Chijinshokan, Tokyo (in Jpn)
  • Froese & Pauly (eds) (2009) FishBase (Accessed on 2012-6-08)
  • Invasive Species web service database (Species Status) accessed through GISIN Portal, 2010-06-11,
  • ISSG. Global Invasive Species Database (GISD) (Accessed on 2012-6-08)
  • Kawanabe et al. (eds) (2002) Freshwater Fishes of Japan, 3rd ed.. Yama-kei Publishers, Tokyo (in Jpn)
  • Matsuzawa & Senou (2008) Alien fishes of Japan. Bun-ichi Sogo Shuppan, Tokyo (in Jpn)
  • JWRC (ed) (2008) A Photographic Guide to the Invasive Alien Species in Japan. Heibonsha, Tokyo (in Jpn)
  • etc.
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