CICHLIDAE FAMILY; also called acará-acu, cará-acu, acará-grande, bola-de-ouro, paya, marble cichlid, red oscar
The oscar is native to the Orinocok Amazon and La Plata River basins in South America. In Florida, its presence was recorded as far back as the 1950’s. Today the oscar is established throughout southeast Florida and has been introduced to Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Guam, Hong Kong, Cote de’Ivoire and other locals.
The thick-bodied oscar, is a dark brown fish with variable olive to red markings on most of the body. The key feature is an ocellus, a black spot encircled by a distinct re...