Posted 26 May 2016 - 05:56 PM
Rios are indeed related to Tilapia. Both are from the family cichlidae, none of which are native to the U.S. Some cichlids have migrated into the U.S., others were released from tropical fish hobbyists. Just south of Tampa FL, there used to be a number of tropical fish hatcheries, and the ditches and creeks in that area were chock full of black mollies, etc. that got loose due to sloppy handling.
But Rios are really good... just like bluegills (which are native, thank goodness!)
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