, Volume 315, Issue 2, pp 143–147

The introduced Oreochromis niloticus is spreading on the Kaufe floodplain, Zambia


  • Erkki J. Schwanck
    • Department of Fisheries
    • Department of Vertebrate ZoologySwedish Museum of Natural History

DOI: 10.1007/BF00033626

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Schwanck, E.J. Hydrobiologia (1995) 315: 143. doi:10.1007/BF00033626


The Nile tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus, escaped from a fish farm in Mazabuka, probably in 1987, and was found in September 1992 on a 75 km stretch of the river, mainly downstream from the site of release. In most areas, except near Mazabuka, O. niloticus was relatively uncommon and so far does not seem to have hybridized with the local tilapias.

Key words

Oreochromis niloticusNile tilapiaintroduced speciesfish farmingKafue RiverZambia
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