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Tilapia zillii

Basic information
Scientific name Tilapia zillii (No picture)
Common names Redbelly tilapia
Higher taxon Cichlidae, Perciformes, Actinopterygii
Natural range N Africa, W Asia. Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Niger.
Habitat Freshwater to blackish. Tolerant to high salinity.
Invasion information
Range in Japan Shiga, Kagoshima, and Okinawa Prefs. In Shiga and Kagoshima, occur in water body with stable temperature, such as those with industrial waste water or spring. Range in Japan
Origin Presented from Alexandria Aqualium, Egypt
Date 1962
Route Deliberate: For aqualium. Aquacultured in past.
Impact Unknown impact.
Regulation in Japan No action for prevention, mitigation, control, or eradication.
Introduced range in other countries Thailand, W Asia, E Africa, USA, Mexico, Antigua, New Caledonia, Guam, Hawaii, Mauritius, etc.
Reference Notes
  • Ecol Soc Japan (ed) (2002) Handbook of Alien Species in Japan. Chijin-Shokan. (in Jpn)
  • FishBase, accessed on 2010-06-15,
  • Matsuzawa & Senou (2008) Alien fishes of Japan. Bun-ichi Sogo Shuppan, Tokyo (in Jpn)
  • etc.