Tilapia Fishing Thailand
Nile Tilapia
Oreochromis niloticus
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Nile Tilapia Fishing Thailand
Freshwater Fish of Thailand

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Cichlidae
Genus: Oreochromis
Species: Oreochromis niloticus

Facts & Figures

Common name:
Nile Tilapia
Local Thai Name:
Pla Nin
Max published weight:
8.0 Kg (Thailand Max.)
Benthopelagic, potamodromous, freshwater

nile tilapia
Nile tilapia oreochromis niloticus
Nile Tilapia -Oreochromis niloticus


Freshwater Fish Species Of Thailand

The Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) is a freshwater fish species in the Cichlids family (family Cichlidae) of order Perciformes (perch-likes). The tilapia is not a native specie of Thailand; it is actually native to Africa.

Natural Food Source

The natural diet of the Nile tilapia is insects, crustaceans, algae, detritus & also fry making this fish an omnivore.

Nile Tilapia Identification

The most obvious characteristics of the Nile tilapia are the presence of regular dark vertical stripes throughout the depth of its dark green body. The long sharp spines of the dorsal fin raise high above its back as a defence against predators.

Nile Tilapia Fishing Thailand

Fish Thailand venue: Bungsamran Lake
Fishing season: All year
Lake record: Approx. 5.0 Kg

The Nile tilapia is a top target specie for children and families; they feed aggressively making setting the hook relatively easy, they provide good sport on light tackle and are manageable even for young anglers. Fishing in Bangkok at Bungsamran or fishing Fish Thailand’s river venue will see plenty of action take place.

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