The black mangrove cichlid or ‘spotted tilapia’ (Tilapia mariae) and the Mozambique tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus) were illegally introduced into Australian waterways during the 1970s. Both species have become well established in the relatively short time since their introduction. At first they were probably released as unwanted aquarium fish, and Mozambique tilapia are now established in catchments in tropical and sub-tropical Australia while black mangrove cichlids are mostly restricted to northeast Queensland. Both tilapia species are declared invasive pests in most Australian states. The rapid rate at which both species are spreading, together with evidence from overseas studies, suggests that they will have harmful impacts in Australia. This document presents contributed papers from speakers at the Forum Tilapia in Australia – state of knowledge, held in Brisbane, 15-16 May 2012. The forum was hosted by the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre and the Murray-Darling Basin Authority. Proceedings produced by the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre as part of the PestSmart series.
|Secondary title||Tilapia in Australia – state of knowledge|
|Author||Wayne Fulton and Kylie Hall (eds)|
|Date||15-16 May 2012|
|Institution||Invasive Animals CRC|
|Region||Australia - national|
|ISBN/ISSN||Web ISBN: 978-1-921777-54-7|
PestSmart Toolkit for tilapia: www.pestsmart.org.au/pestsmart/tilapia/