Invasivory by the Numbers: Tilapia

A few Tilapia numbers and some food for thought…

7 – Minimum cold tolerance (in degrees celcius) of the blue tilapia Oreochromis aureus, the most cold-tolerant Tilapia species.  Accordingly, Tilapia invasion primarily threatens tropical and sub-tropical ecosystems.

17 – Chapter of the Bible’s Gospel of Matthew (verses 24-27) in which Peter catches a fish with a coin in its mouth.  Speculation that this (unnamed) fish was a species of Tilapia has earned the nickname, “St. Peter’s Fish.”

128 – Approximate calories in one tilapia fillet.

322,000,000 – Pounds of tilapia exported from China to the US in 2009.

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