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Monday, February 18, 2008

A-Fish-al Business  

Adelaide Now is reporting that yet another aquarium fish has managed to become established in the wild in Australia. Officials aren't quite sure how the Mozambique tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus) is getting around in Queensland, but they suspect it is due to a combination of releases of unwanted aquarium fish and the transport (intentional or accidental) of the tilapia from one body of water to another. Mozambique tilapia are tolerant of a wide range of environmental conditions, which may have contributed to their success in the lakes and rivers of Queensland since their discovery about 30 years ago.

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