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Fish: Blue Kurper (Tilapia mossambica)

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Fish: Blue Kurper (Tilapia mossambica)

Unread postby LaeveldLeeu » Wed Oct 04, 2006 11:00 am

Hallo Forumites

I saw this Albino Kurper in Kruger from the bridge over the Sabie River at Lower Sabie.
I send it to 50/50 for a veldfocus entry but they didn't want to use it because they have already handled albinism on their program and according to them it doesn't make sense to discuss every animal,bird or fish which is a albino.

What do you forumites think of this???

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Unread postby christo » Wed Oct 04, 2006 2:22 pm

Interesting.
Is this related to a Tilapia sp.?
In the albino form it strikes quite a resemblence with the egyptian mouthbreeder as well. (If I am not mistaken they are all part of the cichled family afterall)
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Unread postby DuQues » Wed Oct 04, 2006 2:43 pm

The full name is Tilapia mossambica (Peters, 1852) with a few synonyms: T. natalensis (Weber, 1897), T. vorax (Pfeffer, 1893) and T. arnoldi (Gilchrist & Thompson, 1917).

English names: Largemouth or Red-fin Tialapia, also Bleu bream.
Afrikaans: Bloukurper, Grootbekkurper or Mossambiekkurper.

On the coloring Tol Pienaar says:
TP wrote:In mature males the colour becomes dark slate-blue to almost black above with no lateral spots visible, and the belly white. (...) The body colour of mature females is generally a dirty yellowish-olive, and the lateral markings often persist.
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Blue and White Kurper; WP supporter?

Unread postby Wildman » Sat Oct 07, 2006 4:54 pm

Interesting indeed! This is probably a very rare recessive gene or sporadic gene mutation. Poor thing…it must be bad to be ‘a contradiction in terms.’ Just put yourself in his shoes: technically You’re a Blue Kurper, but actually you’re not, you are a white kurper! :lol:
Fortunately his not blue and white – as that would mean a WP supporter. :wink:
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Unread postby DuQues » Fri Oct 13, 2006 10:58 am

Could this not be a female, just lighter than normal?
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Unread postby christo » Fri Oct 13, 2006 10:12 pm

Due to the higher visibility of white, this oke must be clever to stay away from predators!
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Please id this fish

Unread postby DinkyBird » Sun Oct 29, 2006 6:24 pm

I saw these fish at the Sweni bird hide in Kruger - what are they?
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Unread postby christo » Sun Oct 29, 2006 8:32 pm

Some Tilapia species. Wich one I'm not sure.
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Unread postby Muhammad » Mon Oct 30, 2006 8:42 am

Mozambique Tilapia (bloukurper)


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