Nassau Grouper: Epinephelus striatus


  • Body with brown or red-brown bars on sides and a light background
  • Stripe on top of head in the shape of a tuning-fork
  • No dots around the eyes
  • Third spine of dorsal fin is longer than second spine
  • Pelvic fins are shorter than pectoral fins
  • Large black spot on caudal peduncle

Similar Species: Red grouper, E. morio (has tiny dark spots near eyes)

Size: Up to 36 inches (55 pounds); common under 10 pounds



Coastal waters, mostly in south Florida. Juveniles found nearshore and adults occur in deeper waters near structure. Somewhat site specific.  


Form large spawning aggregations, making this species highly vulnerable to overharvest.

Feeds on fishes and invertebrates.

Additional Information

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

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

Recreational Regulations

Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles

FWC Facts:
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