Exotic Fish ID?

Hi All,

I did some canal fishing in south Florida and caught a bunch of exotics/invasives, which are not second nature for me as for ID'ing the species. So I am hoping you guys can help me out with this one.

Here it is:

I assumed at first that this is a Spotted Tilapia, but I caught a number of them that day and none of them looked quite like this one. All the smaller ones like this one had distinctive red or pink markings from the gills to the belly (see the pic below for an example). This little one had none (and this was the smallest, so I would expect it to have the most reddish coloration of all of them). The red/pink color was absent in the big ones, but the spots were much more distinctive than on this one. So I wonder if this might be a Back Acara?

Thanks in advance for any help you can give me on figuring this one out.

Here's one of the smaller Spotted Tilapias with the bright red/pink blotches.


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