The Exotic Species of Singapore

Friday, October 21, 2005


Length: 8cm
Aquarium specimen
Photo by P.K.L. Ng

Scientific name: Oreochromis mossambicus
Habitat: Brackish water (e.g. canals and estuaries)
Ecology: Mainly an algal and detrital feeder occuring in groups. Breeding males are territorial and construct circular depressions on muddy substrate as nests for courtship and spawning. To about 40cm.
Origin: Africa, introduced in the 1940s for human consumption


  • At 12:07 AM, Blogger Sivasothi said…

    Yaay, blog revived!

  • At 12:08 AM, Blogger Kevin said…

    lol yea!
    hmmm have seen ppl fish tilapia for food in sg..wonder if we can fish them out of existence..perhaps we need nice recipes..

  • At 12:12 AM, Blogger Kevin said…

    guppies were also an introduced species...(ah hem used to catch them in longkangs) but now they are practically non-existent, prob due to stiff compeition from tilapias, mollies and larger fishes.


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