Heterotilapia buttikoferi

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Zebra tilapia
Cichlidae - Heterotilapia buttikoferi.JPG
A zebra tilapia in an aquarium
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Cichlidae
Genus: Heterotilapia
Species: H. buttikoferi
Binomial name
Heterotilapia buttikoferi
(Hubrecht, 1881)
  • Chromis buttikoferi Hubrecht, 1881
  • Tilapia buttikoferi (Hubrecht, 1881)
  • Tilapia ansorgii Boulenger, 1911

Heterotilapia buttikoferi, also known as the zebra tilapia, is a West African species of cichlid.


H. buttikoferi is a large cichlid, capable of growing up to 30.8 cm (12.1 in) in standard length. Body is typically yellow or white with black stripes which can vary from very light to near black depending on the mood of the fish. The vertical black bars are broader than the lighter interspaces. [2] Their stripes tend to fade as they age.

Distribution and habitat[edit]

This species is native to Guinea-Bissau and Liberia in West Africa. These freshwater fish tend to live in coastal rivers and streams.[2] People have imported and bred them throughout the world for both aquatic and food purposes.

H. buttikoferi is alien species in Thailand, has been introduced for use as a aquarium fish.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Lalèyè, P. (2010). "Tilapia buttikoferi". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2010: e.T181872A7753961. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2010-3.RLTS.T181872A7753961.en. Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Tilapia buttikoferi" in FishBase. February 2013 version.
  3. ^ "10 ปลาเอเลี่ยนในเมืองไทย ที่กำลังยึดแหล่งน้ำโดยคุณไม่รู้ตัว" (in Thai). spokedark. August 13, 2014. Retrieved June 30, 2016. 

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