Nassau Grouper
Epinephelus striatus
    Ecological Descriptors
Habitat Size (cm) Diet Behaviour Sex 
Co, R to 100 Car I PGH
Nassau Grouper
Body robust, compressed, deepest at origin of dorsal fin. Body typically tan, but variable dependent upon mood and environment. Has a dark stripe from snout through eye to end of nape, meeting behind eyes to form a Y. Five irregular dark bars on body plus a prominent
black saddle on upper caudal peduncle. The tips of dorsal fin spines are yellow and notches in the membrane between spines.

Occurs to at least 130 m, but commonly 5-35m. Most abundant in clear water with high relief coral reefs or rocky substrate, typically close to caves. Juvenile fish inhabit macroalgal clumps, seagrass beds and coral.

Life Cycle:
Mature only as females and have the ability to change sex after sexual maturity. Reaches maturity at ~9-10 years.
Nassau Grouper
Nassau Grouper
(C) JE Randall
Nassau Grouper Juvenile
(C) Louis Johnson
Nassau Grouper
Nassau Grouper