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Kingdom  Animalia
Subfamily  Pseudocrenilabrinae
Scientific name  Sarotherodon
Phylum  Chordata
Order  Perciformes
Family  Cichlidae
Tribe  Tilapiini
Higher classification  Cichlid
Rank  Genus
Lower classifications  Fissi, Leka keppe, Kululu
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Sarotherodon knaurae incubation

Sarotherodon is a genus of tilapiine cichlids endemic to Africa and the Middle East. A few species from this genus have been introduced far outside their native range, and are important in aquaculture. They mainly inhabit fresh and brackish water, but a few can live in salt water (at least for a period). Members of this genus, as well as those of the genera Tilapia and Oreochromis, share the common name "tilapia".


Sarotherodon Fish Identification

Based on mtDNA sequence analysis, there seem to be several clades in this genus, and a few species of the much larger genus Oreochromis (such as Oreochromis urolepis and the Blue tilapia O. aureus) seem closer to Sarotherodon according to the mtDNA data (see discussion at Wami tilapia). Research is hampered by the fact that hybridization runs rampant in these fishes, which confounds mtDNA data, and that the fast speed of evolution makes choice of appropriate nuclear DNA sequences difficult.

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There are currently 13 recognized species in this genus:

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  • Sarotherodon caroli (Holly, 1930) (Fissi)
  • Sarotherodon caudomarginatus (Boulenger, 1916)
  • Sarotherodon galilaeus (Linnaeus, 1758)
  • Sarotherodon galilaeus borkuanus (Pellegrin, 1919)
  • Sarotherodon galilaeus boulengeri (Pellegrin, 1903)
  • Sarotherodon galilaeus galilaeus (Linnaeus, 1758) (Mango tilapia)
  • Sarotherodon galilaeus multifasciatus (Günther, 1903)
  • Sarotherodon galilaeus sanagaensis (Thys van den Audenaerde, 1966)
  • Sarotherodon knauerae D. Neumann, Stiassny & Schliewen, 2011
  • Sarotherodon lamprechti D. Neumann, Stiassny & Schliewen, 2011
  • Sarotherodon linnellii (Lönnberg, 1903) (Blackfin tilapia)
  • Sarotherodon lohbergeri (Holly, 1930) (Keppi)
  • Sarotherodon melanotheron Rüppell, 1852
  • Sarotherodon melanotheron heudelotii (A. H. A. Duméril, 1861)
  • Sarotherodon melanotheron leonensis (Thys van den Audenaerde, 1971)
  • Sarotherodon melanotheron melanotheron Rüppell, 1852 (Blackchin tilapia)
  • Sarotherodon mvogoi (Thys van den Audenaerde, 1965)
  • Sarotherodon nigripinnis (Guichenot, 1861)
  • Sarotherodon nigripinnis dolloi (Boulenger, 1899)
  • Sarotherodon nigripinnis nigripinnis (Guichenot, 1861)
  • Sarotherodon occidentalis (Daget, 1962)
  • Sarotherodon steinbachi (Trewavas, 1962) (Kululu)
  • Sarotherodon tournieri (Daget, 1965)
  • Sarotherodon tournieri liberiensis (Thys van den Audenaerde, 1971)
  • Sarotherodon tournieri tournieri (Daget, 1965)

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