Tilapia

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  • Description

    Tilapia is found commonly in freshwater such as ponds, lakes, rivers etc. It has a mild sweet flavour and is rich in many nutrients, including significant amount of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and trace elements and minerals such phosphorous, selenium, potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, niacin, pantothenic acid, etc.

    Alternative Names
    Tilapia(Qatar)
    Pla pla, Tilapia(Philippines)
    Tilapia(India)
    Tilapia du Nil(France)
    Ngege(Kenya)
  • Product details
    Scientific name:

    Oreochromis niloticus

    Classification:

    Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)
    Cichlidae (Cichlids)
    Perciformes (Perch-likes)

    Etymology:

    Etymology: Oreochromis: Latin, aurum = gold + Greek, chromis = a fish, perhaps a perch

    Environment / Climate / Range Ecology:

    Widely introduced for aquaculture, with many existing strains. Several countries report adverse ecological impact after introduction.Africa: naturally occurring in coastal rivers of Israel , Nile basin (including lake Albert, Edward and Tana), Jebel Marra, Lake Kivu, Lake Tanganyika, Awash River, various Ethiopian lakes, Omo River system, Lake Turkana, Suguta River and Lake Baringo . In West Africa natural distribution covers the basins of the Senegal, Gambia, Volta, Niger, Benue and Chad, with introduced specimens reported from various coastal basins

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