Tilapia discolor 

Scope: Global, Western Africa & Pan-Africa
Language: English

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Cichlidae

Scientific Name: Tilapia discolor (Günther, 1903)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B2ab(iii); D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2006-10-15
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Awaïss, A. & Lalèyè, P.
Reviewer(s): Entsua-Mensah, M., Darwall, W. & Smith, K.
The estimated extent of occurrence is over 50,000 km² but the area of occupancy is less than 2,000 km². It is only known from three locations. The main threats posed to this fish species include effluents from mining activities in the Pra, and urbanisation and agricultural development in Ghana. These effluents may contain heavy metals like arsenic, mercury and compounds like cyanide. Also, the removal of vegetation pertaining to mining activities, and commercial timber felling, may cause increasing sediment loads, and its attendant problems to the life of the fish. Another major threat is pollution of the water bodies by inadequately treated human waste and by domestic discharges arising from increasing residential developments. The species is therefore assessed as Vulnerable.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Tilapia discolor is known from Lake Bosumtwi in Ghana, as well as from the basins of the Pra (Ghana), Tano (Ghana/Côte d’Ivoire) and Bia (Côte d’Ivoire)
Countries occurrence:
Côte d'Ivoire; Ghana
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Population [top]

Population:No available data.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It is a demersal fish species of 22.5 cm TL

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is harvested for human consumption.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Threats to this species include agricultural, urban developments, mining and deforestation.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None known.

Citation: Awaïss, A. & Lalèyè, P. 2010. Tilapia discolor. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T182500A7898790. . Downloaded on 20 July 2018.
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