abiad hasani (Arabic-Egypt), amnon hayaor (Hebrew-Israel), amnun hayarden (Hebrew-Israel), amnun yarden (Hebrew-Israel), an-boh boh (Sierra Leone), biering-pill (Chad), blue tilapia (English-USA, UK, Mexico, Fiji, Taiwan), bolti azrak (Arabic-Egypt), epia (Nigeria), fartere (Cameroon), gargassa (Cameroon), gargaza (Nigeria), Goldtilapia (German-Germany), guldtilapia (Swedish-Sweden), holinga (Cameroon), Ifunu (Nigeria), Israeli tilapia (English-South Africa), Israelse tilapia (Afrikaans-South Africa), Jordan St. peter's fish (English-Israel), karpassa (Cameroon), karwa (Nigeria), kpeloi (Sierra Leone), kultatilapia (Finnish-Finland), kurpertilapia (English-Eqypt), mpupa (Nigeria), musht lubbad (Arabic-Israel), partere (Cameroon), sale (Chad), sayray (Sierra Leone), sohn-pill (Chad), tilapia (English-Nigeria, Philippines), tilapia azul (Spanish-Mexico), tome (Nigeria), tsokungi (Nigeria), ukuobu (Nigeria), waas (Senegal), wass khoss (Senegal), wass xos (Senegal), wass-bor (Senegal)
Blue tilapia is the "most abundant invasive fish in the gulf states" (massbay 2006). Blue tilapia are extremely tolerant of saltwater and are used in saltwater aquaculture (massbay, 2006).
blou kurper (Afrikaans-South Africa), common tilapia (English-Fiji), fai chau chak ue (Cantonese-Hong Kong), Java tilapia (English-Fiji), kawasuzume (Japanese), kurper bream (English-Hong Kong), malea (Fijian), mojarra (Spanish-Mexico), mosambik-maulbrüter (German), Mozambikskaya tilapiya (Russian-Russian Federation), Mozambique cichlid (English-India), Mozambique mouth-breeder (English), Mozambique mouthbrooder (English), Mozambique tilapia (English), mphende (Nyanja-Malawi), mujair (Javanese-Indonesia), nkobue (Sena-Mozambique), tilapia (English-Bangladesh), tilapia del Mozambique (Spanish), tilapia du Mozambique (French), tilapia mossambica (Dominican Republic), tilapia mozámbica (Spanish-Mexico), trey tilapia khmao (Khmer-Cambodia), weißkehlbarsch (German), wu-kuo yu (Mandarin-Taiwan)
Closely related to Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus), the Mozambique tilapia (O. mossambicus) is distinguishable by several easily identifiable characteristics. O. niloticus possess 20-26 gill rakers, while O. mossambicus possess 16-20. Also, while O. niloticus is noted for its prominent vertical stripes on the tail fin, O. mossambicus never features vertical stripes on the tail. Outside its native range, O. mossambicus is considered invasive. Within its native range, however, O. mossambicus is being outcompeted and marginalized by its relative O. niloticus. (Scienceinafrica.com, 2007)