Tilapia zillii
Tilapia zillii
(Redbelly Tilapia)

Impact ID3219
Impact TypePredation/Herbivory
Study TypeObservational
Study LocationField
Impact DescriptionRedbelly Tilapia in a North Carolina power plant cooling reservoir ate macrophytes, but switched to primarily organic detritus and filamentous algae (Spirogyra sp., Oscillatoria sp., and Phormidium sp.) when macrophytes became scarce. Filamentous algae, benthic invertebrates (chironomids, oligochaetes, and water mites), zooplankton (Diaptomus sp., Sida crystallina, Bosmina longirostris, Keratella sp., and Ostracoda), fish scales, and fish remains were also present in stomach samples.
Great Lakes RegionNo

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