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