Definition of St Peter's fish in English:

St Peter's fish


  • A fish with a dark mark near each pectoral fin, in particular a widely farmed cichlid of Africa and the Middle East that is also called the tilapia.

    Sarotherodon galileus, family Cichlidae. Alternative name: Galilee cichlid

    ‘In the Pacific regions or in small lakes in the United States, St. Peter's Fish are known by the name Tilapia or, more often than not, Sunfish.’
    ‘In Galilee St Peter's fish, Sarotherodon galilaeus (Cichlidae), male care, female care and biparental care all occur in the same population.’


With biblical allusion to Matt. 17:27.