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Nassau Grouper: Epinephelus striatus

Appearance:

  • Color light background with brown or red-brown bars on sides
  • Stripe in shape of tuning fork on forehead
  • Third spine of dorsal is longer than second
  • Pelvic fins are shorter than pectoral
  • Black dots located around the eyes
  • Large black saddle on caudal peduncle

Habitat:

This grouper's range is limited to south Florida.  Nassau grouper are somewhat site specific.  Smaller individuals are found nearshore while adults are often found offhsore on rocky reefs.

Behavior:

Nassau grouper form large spawning aggregations, making this species highly vulnerable to overharvest.

Additional Information

State Record: 9 lb, caught near Marathon Key (2007)

Fishing Tips and Facts: All harvest of this species is prohibited.


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles



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