Redbreast Tilapia

Coptodon (Tilapia) rendalli

A popular angling species, growing to a weight of about 2.5kg and a length of roughly 45cm, the Redbreast Tilapia prefers still, well-vegetated waters in rivers and marshes and thrives in dams. Water plants and algae form the bulk of their diet, but they will also eat invertebrates and even small fishes.

When breeding, which occurs in summer, the pair clears a nest up to a meter in diameter among the plants in shallow water in which they protect the eggs (up to 8,000!) and the fry, until these are between 1 and 2cm long. They can live for up to 7 years.

Redbreast Tilapia are found naturally from the DRC southwards, and have been introduced to a number of other African countries where they’re valued in aquaculture. In South Africa they occur naturally in the east-flowing rivers from the Limpopo-system in the north to the Tugela-system in the south, but there have also been some introductions to waters outside of this area. According to the IUCN, this species is of least concern.

21 thoughts on “Redbreast Tilapia

  1. Una

    De Wet, ons klein lagoon hier reg voor ons huisie is vol van die Tilapia-kraters. Die lagoon het ñ inloop van die hoof seewaterlagoon by Biléne af, Lagoa Uembje. Die klein lagoon se naam is Lagoa Kafufa. Ons is deur Maritime gevra om die klein lagoon ‘op te pas’, hier mag niemand met bote kom visvang nie. Dis als natuurbewarings-area, maar die plaaslike bevolking steur hulle nie altyd daaraan nie. Ons sien die Talapia baie uit die water uit spring, maar bedags bly hulle in die diep kant, so 5 meter. Hul kraters is fassineerend, vol van sulke kleiner holtes.

    Liked by 2 people


Please don't leave without sharing your thoughts?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.