GROUPERS
SERRANIDAE
Nassau Grouper
Epinephelus striatus
    Ecological Descriptors
Habitat Size (cm) Diet Behaviour Sex 
Co, R to 100 Car I PGH
 
 
Nassau Grouper
Description:
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.

Ecology
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
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