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Spotted tilapia

The Spotted tilapia (Tilapia mariae) is a fresh and brackish water fish of the cichlid family. It is native to Africa from the Côte d’Ivoire to Ghana, and Benin to Cameroon. Like several other tilapiine cichilds, the spotted tilapia is notable for its adaptability and prolific breeding. This fish has established large feral populations outside of their native ranges, such as in Florida, where they are a troublesome invasive species.

Spotted tilapia