Epinephelus striatus

Habitat: Nassau Grouper typically are found on shallow coral reefs.

Average adult size: Adults can grow to be 4 feet long.

Natural history: Nassau groupers are at home on the coral reef. Their body is covered with dark bars over a light background. This color pattern breaks up their shape and blends in well with sea whips and corals. Nassau groupers can change from this dark mottled pattern to almost white, and back again. You typically will see them hovering quietly near a sea fan or sea whip. Nassau groupers are considered curious and can be approached if you are quiet and move slowly. They feed on small reef fishes, shrimps, crabs, octopuses and squid. A 4-footer can weigh 55 pounds.

Range: From the Bahamas south to Brazil.

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