The Nassau grouper (Epinephelus striatus) is one of the large number of perciform fishes in the family Serranidae commonly referred to as groupers. It is the. Overall body color of Epinephelus striatus varies from tawny to pinkish red, with five dark vertical bars. The third and fourth bars branch above. Epinephelus striatus. These large, oblong fish can change both color and gender , and live at the rocky reef bottom of tropical Western Atlantic.

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The species is therefore highly vulnerable to overexploitationand is recognised as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List. They occur at a depth range extending to at least feet 90 mpreferring to rest near or close to the bottom. This grouper is common on offshore rocky bottoms and coral epinephelys throughout the Caribbean region.

Nassau grouper – Wikipedia

Individuals of the Nassau grouper have been discovered to be male without previously going through a female stage and are smaller than the secondary males. Other countries in the area however, have sttiatus slow to introduce protection measures and extensive lobbying continues 1. The eggs hatch into pelagic larvae that drift along with the currents for a month or so, prior to becoming juveniles.

It has been identified as one of only two viable sites remaining for the species, of 9 originally known locations. The current population is estimated to srtiatus more than 10, mature individuals, but is thought to be decreasing.


Geographic Range Nassau groupers, Epinephelus striatuscan be found in the coastal waters of the Atlantic Ocean as far north as the Carolinas of the United States down the Atlantic seaboard to southern Brazil.

Nassau groupers do not invest energy in their offspring post-fertilization. Also, protection of the spawning sites at all times is in effect in certain places. This coloration may signify aggression and reception to spawning. This fish is considered an important food fish throughout the Caribbean and in the West Indies. Nassau grouper Conservation status.

It can be found from the shoreline to nearly m-deep water. Biology Nassau grouper residing among the corals. Juveniles are found closer to shore in seagrass beds that offer a suitable nursery habitat. Nassau groupers have been heavily fished and were once considered the most economically important epinephelis of the Bahamas Spawning sites are protected in the Cayman Islands and fishing is banned in Belize during the spawning season 1. White marlin Kajikia albida. Though we edit our accounts for accuracy, we cannot guarantee all information in those accounts.

Geographical Distribution World distribution map for the Nassau grouper The Nassau grouper is found throughout the tropical western Atlantic Ocean, including Bermuda, Florida, Bahamas, and throughout the Caribbean Sea, south to Brazil. It is difficult to distinguish different species of grouper larvae from one another, since what information is known about egg and larval development is general.

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Larvae Stage in an animal’s lifecycle after it hatches from epinephelua egg. The Nassau grouper can change color pattern from light to dark brown very quickly, depending upon the surrounding environment and mood of the fish.


Emperor angelfish Pomacanthus imperator. Atlantic Ocean the body of water between Africa, Europe, the southern ocean above 60 degrees south latitudeand the western hemisphere. The larval period lasts 35 to 40 days, during which they are not recognizable as groupers. They grow up to 4 feet long and eat mostly crustaceans and other smaller fish by opening their mouths and inhaling them. This species changes its coloration when receptive to mating, usually becoming bicolor, darker, or incorporating a white belly.

Nassau groupers reach sexual maturity between 4 and 8 years of age. The Animal Diversity Web is an educational resource written largely by and for college students.

An annotated and illustrated catalogue of the grouper, rockcod, hind, coral grouper and lyretail species known to date. Observations of a Nassau grouper, Epinephelus striatus, spawning aggregation site in Little Cayman, Cayman Islands, including multi-species spawning information.

Animals with bilateral symmetry have dorsal and ventral sides, as well as anterior and posterior ends. Nassau grouper habitat Nassau groupers are found in shallow waters up to 90 metres deep, associated with reef or rocky substrate 4.