mozambique tilapia

Scientific name Oreochromis mossambicus
Descriptor Peters
Year of description 1852
IUCN category VU
Family Cichlidae
Genus Oreochromis
Oreochromis mossambicus Oreochromis mossambicus


Oreochromis mossambicus, commonly known as mozambique tilapia, is a fresh water fish from the Africa.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    35 cm
  • Maximum size
    40 cm
  • Longevity
    11 year
  • Average size
    35 cm
  • Maximum size
    40 cm
  • Longevity
    11 year

How to recognize the mozambique tilapia ?

The mozambique tilapia measures around 35 cm. The dominant males can however reach 40 cm. This fish is bicolore with a predominantly argent body.

Sexual dimorphism

The adult male is bigger than the female.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
    living in a group or alone
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The mozambique tilapia hunts in the stalk and is one of the predators of its biotope. Opportunistic, it does not hesitate to attack any smaller animal nearby.

The mozambique tilapia is a fish living in a group or alone naturally found at mid-depth and near the bottom. This species is omnivorous .

The mozambique tilapia is a territorial animal that does not tolerate any incursions into its living area. It is particularly virulent against other territorial species and it can provoke heated fights. Relationships between conspecifics are also hectic, with each seeking to secure its place. Parrying or even sustained fighting can occur between dominant males.


  • Reproduction
    ovipare incubateur buccal

The mozambique tilapia is a fish ovipare incubateur buccal. This fish protects its eggs from nearby predators.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

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What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    17 - 35 °C
  • pH (acidity)
    6 - 8.5
  • Flow
    Slow and Stagnant

Biotope presentation

The mozambique tilapia is most often found at a depth between 1m and 12m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths. This animal evolves in areas characterized by a strong presence of vegetation (aquatic and marsh plants, decaying organic matter, roots...).

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Not recommended

We do not recommend keeping this species in an aquarium. It has unpredictable needs which, if not met, generate significant stress, potentially leading to a shorter life expectancy, an interruption of its growth or the development of pathogens.

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