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What is longfin tilapia?

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The longfin tilapia is a cichlid species native to the fresh waters of south-central Africa, plentiful in the Zambezi Basin and Lakes Mweru and Bangweulu. Commonly bred in captivity and released into the wild, it has become established in several ponds and reservoirs in Hawaii.

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The perch-like longfin requires tropical climates with average temperatures ranging from 64 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit, living at depths of 16 to 46 feet. Also referred to as the greenhead bream and greenhead tilapia, the species grows to a maximum length of 17 inches and is a popular delicacy at seafood restaurants around the world.

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