Types of tilapia in Southern California

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  1. Teddy

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    Hello guys, do you guys know what types of tilapia we've got here in So Cal? If you can please share your knowledge, I really appreciate it. Thanks in advance.

    - Mozambique tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus)
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    Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus)
    - Blue tilapia (
    Oreochromis aureus)

    P/s: No need to list out the red belly, just ignore them.
    Picture only for attention, it's actually in Taiwan, not here in Socal.

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    It is my understanding that the tilapia that survived in the IV were some sort of hybrid between Mozambique, Nile and blackchin tilapia (commonly referred to in the literature as "California tilapia") these fish managed to survive the silted, salty water of the canal and drain system mostly unchanged since the 30s...
     
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    Wow, old fish!
     
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    My favorite tilapia...tilapia tacos..!
     
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    So..what's in Hodges??
     
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    Probably blues if I had to guess. Seems to be what they sell live at the Asian markets for the most part
     
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    Only O hornorum and O mosambica are legal in CA. Blue, Nile and Red belly Tilapia are a restricted species on the same level as piranha and snakehead.
     
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    How do those relate to the tilapia in the IV drains? Has anyone done genetic work on those? Was looking for information instead of just hearsay, but didn't see anything I thought was reliable that was easy to read
     
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    I've caught some in palo verde with really big jaws compared to the normal ones.
     
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    No idea. I don’t have $$ in my budget to do genetic analysis. Maybe there is a grad student out there in need of a thesis…
     
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    So I can legally possess live tilapia between 78&86, would that include the redbelly? They do seem quite common in some areas, not that I am an expert in tilapia identification. The rules seem unclear, but I have never had a problem with the law out there, nor heard of guys getting in trouble for tilapia species that I know of
     
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