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Updated 12/15/2013

Family Cichlidae


Sarotherodon melanotheron melanotheron

Makapu'u tidepool, Oahu


Kanewai spring, Oahu

Niu pond, Oahu


Locally common in brackish and saltwater near shore, especially in harbors or near streams where it may displace native species.  Gray with random black spots on the head.  Competes with and may hybridize with Mozambique Tilapia.  Attains 8 inches.  Introduced to Hawai'i from East Africa.