Spread of biological invasions: The experience of Tilapia species in the Shadegan Wetland, southwest of Iran


  • Hussein Valikhani Department of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management, Institute of Environmental Sciences Research, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran
  • Asghar Abdoli Department of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management, Institute of Environmental Sciences Research, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran
  • Farshad Nejat Department of Botany and Zoology, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
  • Milad Khosravi Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
  • Kamal Khezri Department of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management, Institute of Environmental Sciences Research, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran
  • Bahram H. Kiabi Department of Animal Sciences and Marine Biology, Faculty of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, Shahid Beheshti University, G.C., Tehran, Iran




Blue tilapi, Exotic/non-native species, Fishery, Redbelly tilapia


The status of non-native tilapia species was evaluated by sampling campaigns in fishing grounds in the central part of the Shadegan Wetland, southwest Iran in 2014–15 (with follow-up in 2019). Considering a high percentage of relative species abundance, the tilapia species (Coptodon zillii and Oreochromis aureus) are well established in the wetland. As the management plans of such species are difficult and expensive, prevention of the introduction of these species to other water bodies is highly recommended.


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How to Cite

Valikhani, H. ., Abdoli, A. ., Nejat, F. ., Khosravi, M. ., Khezri, K. ., & Kiabi, B. H. . (2023). Spread of biological invasions: The experience of Tilapia species in the Shadegan Wetland, southwest of Iran. Journal of Wildlife and Biodiversity, 7(supplementary issue), 60–68. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.10044918