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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Synonyms include Anthias cherna Bloch and SchneiderSparus chrysomelas Lacepedeand Serranus striaus Valenciennes The grouper will open its mouth in a non-threatening manner, attracting cleaner fish to enter its mouth to remove parasites.

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Occurs from the shoreline to at least 90 m depth. Articles with ‘species’ microformats. However, the Nassau grouper’s spawning region is epinephellus included in this marine protected area MPA.

Breeding season Spawning of Nassau groupers lasts 8 days and begins on the full moon of December or January. Furthermore, its historic spawning areas are easily targeted for fishing, which tends to remove the reproductively active members of the group. Their normal barred color pattern is typically seen, but can become lighter, darker, or change to a bicoloration with a dark top and white bottom.

Juveniles are common in seagrass beds. It is difficult to distinguish eipnephelus species of grouper larvae from epineohelus another, since what information is known about egg and larval development is general. There are five vertical brown bars, a brown saddle near the base of the tail and distinctive facial markings 5.


These large, oblong fish can change both color and gender, and live at the rocky reef bottom of tropical Western Atlantic waters. Hook and line as well as traps are the main methods used to capture the Nassau grouper. In epinepbelus, the caudal fin is rounded, whereas adults display a truncated fin characteristic of groupers.

Grouper and Conch in the Bahamas extinction or management? The behaviour of massing in predictably located spawning aggregations has meant that these fish are easy targets, caught by hook xtriatus line, traps and spearguns 6. Some areas are protected, a complete ban on fishing the grouper in US waters has been instituted.

Nassau grouper

Marine Geodesy Eggs hatch 23 to 48 hours after fertilization and mature slowly, reaching reproductive maturity between 4 and 8 years of age average 5 years of age. Nassau groupers striatsu also be found in beds of sea grasses and prefer areas of high visibility.

Marketed fresh, mostly between 2 to 10 kg Ref. Nassau groupers are long-lived, surviving for over 20 years in the wild 3. New World Publications, Inc. epinepbelus

The benifits of a marine fishery reserve for Nassau grouper Epinephelus striatus in the central Bahamas. Government of Belize, Fisheries Department. High vulnerability 63 of Retrieved from ” https: The IUCN is a global union of states, governmental agencies, and non-governmental organizations in a partnership that assesses the conservation status of species.

AfricachimpanzeeconservationfilmIn the Fieldlab chimpsLiberiaPrimatesprimatologyrehabilitationtrue storywildlifewildlife filmWildscreen Festival. Conservation Status Nassau grouper up-close. In the southern extent of the grouper’s range, these awesome aggregations occurred between December and February whilst those in northern waters fell between May spinephelus August 5.


While they have been recorded at depths up to m, they are more prolific in depths above 30 m.

In other words, Central and South America. Synapomorphy of the Bilateria. Found in the tropical western Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Epiinephelus 4. Largely a phenomenon of tropical marine environments, ciguitoxin accumulates still further in snappers and other large predatory reef species that feed on these herbivorous fishes.

They are strictly loyal to their spawning sites. An annotated and illustrated catalogue of the grouper, rockcod, hind, coral grouper and lyretail species known to date. Collaborators Pictures Stamps, Coins Misc. epimephelus

Nassau groupers aggregate to specific spawning sites on the full moon during December and January. Downloaded on 26 December The Nassau grouper has been heavily fished and vulnerable to overfishing.

Plankton Aquatic organisms that drift with water movements; may be either phytoplankton plantsor zooplankton animals. Its color varies depending on an individual fish’s circumstances and environment. Spawning The production or depositing of large quantities of eggs in water. Terms of Use – The displayed portlet may be used as a link from your website to Arkive’s online content for private, scientific, conservation or educational purposes only.