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Nile tilapia

Order Perciformes
Family Cichlidae

Marine fish with regularly ossified skeleton. Compressed body. The depth of the caudal peduncle is equal to its length. Cycloid scales. Terminal mouth. Protrusion absent on the dorsal surface of the muzzle. The length of the upper jaw does not show sexual dimorphism. Rigid and soft spines continuous in dorsal fin. Caudal fin truncated. The pectoral, dorsal and caudal fins acquire a reddish color during spawning season. Dorsal fin with numerous black lines.

FAO code
Oreochromis niloticus
White fish
FAO Fishing Areas
  • Area 1: Africa - Inland waters
  • Area 2: America, North - Inland waters
  • Area 3: America, South - Inland waters
  • Area 4: Asia - Inland waters
Fishing seasons
jan feb apr may jun jul aug sep oct nov dec
International denominations
Germany Nil-Buntbarsch
France Tilapia du Nil
Italy Tilapia del Nilo
Portugal Tilápia do Nilo
United Kingdom Nile tilapia
Japan Terapia
Fishing areas
Fishing arts

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