A Field Guide to Common Marine Fishes of Singapore

Fish index (by name)
Fish families (by picture)
Parts of a fish
Kelvin K P Lim and Jeffrey K Y Low
diagram of breeding male: whole fish, side view
Breeding male
drawing: Kelvin K P Lim

common/mozambique tilapia (oreochromis mossambicus): whole fish, side view
about 8 cm, total length

aquarium specimen
photo: Peter K L Ng
Common or
Mozambique Tilapia

Oreochromis mossambicus (Peters)

Caudal fin truncate; snout relatively long; silvery grey with dark grey blotches; breeding males black with white lower head and throat; dorsal and caudal fins of adults with red margins. Largely algal and detrital feeder occuring in groups mainly confined to inland brackish-water bodies (e.g., canals and estuaries).
Breeding males are territorial and construct circular depressions on muddy substrate as nests for courtship and spawning. To about 40 cm. Often used for human consumption, introduced (native to Africa).
Coastal Marine Habitats
Fishy Trivia
Dangerous Fishes
Fishes and Man
About the guidebook
From A Guide to Common Marine Fishes of Singapore by Kelvin K P Lim and Jeffrey K Y Low
Published by the Singapore Science Centre and sponsored by BP

©Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research and Singapore Science Centre