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Nassau Grouper: Epinephelus striatus

Appearance:

  • 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

 

Habitat:

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

Behavior:

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



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