I meant to indicate that I was using the generic terms for both the Tilapia and the Cichlids found across South Florida and in a few spots across the US.
Of course the Tilapia is in the Cichlid grouping but in most places and cases they have different common names. The Blue Tilapia is the most common name heard and is most often called just Tilapia although at times you might hear Nile Perch. The Mayan and several other Cichlids go by the common name of Cichlids or even Chicklets!
Here's where I messed up: I posted, "They are not a Chiclid but rather called Oreochromis aureus or the Blue Tilapia over most of their range here in the US. " That should have read They are not "called," Cichlids but rather called "Tilapia," ie Oreochromis or the Blue Tilapia.....etc!
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Another distinction is that the Blue Tilapia was stocked by F&G while most of the other Cichlids were aquarium released and then spawned and spread in the wild. We here in the US do have a Cichlid of our own in the Rio Grande and tribs but limited to the lower reaches of the Rio Grande. They are also found in large springs and rivers of Central Texas' Edwards Plateau including the San Marcos, Guadalupe, San Antonio and Colorado rivers.
Appreciate your sharpness and heads up!
The Tilapia and those other Cichlids are very cold sensitive and a few years back a cold front produced heavy fish kills among their populations in the Central Florida area.
as in canals bank to bank with dead fish!
One other thought--for those of you lucky enough to be able to target those Cichlids above, (Mayan-Rio Grande) be sure and do it as they are fighting fish par excellence and usually put the Blue Tilapia to shame in that regard. They are also much more aggressive to the fly akin to a Bluegill!