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Family Cichlidae

Cichlids & Tilapia

Freshwater fishes native to Africa and Israel.  Intentionally introduced or illegally released into Hawaiian streams and irrigation systems.  Several species have become invasive and may be adapted to brackish or saltwater.  They feed upon plants and invertebrates, grow, reproduce and hybridize readily, and frequently displace native species.  Due to hybridization pure wild species are rare.  Tilapia are farmed around the world for their mild white flesh.

 

HAWAII

Sarotherodon melanotheron

BLACK-THROAT CICHLID

 

Oreochromis mossambicus 

MOZAMBIQUE TILAPIA, HAWAIIAN SUNFISH