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Nassau grouper

Epinephelus striatus

Description:

Photo taked at -70 ft in a Caribbean reef. The Nassau grouper is a medium to large fish, growing to over a meter in length and up to 25 kilograms in weight. It has a thick body and large mouth, which it uses to "inhale" prey. Its colour varies depending on an indivudual fishes circumstances and environment. In shallow water up to 18 mt, the grouper is a tawny color, but specimens that live in deeper waters are pinkish or red, or sometimes orange-red color. Superimposed on this base colour are a number of lighter stripes, darker spots, bars and patterns including black spots below and behind the eye, and a forked stripe on the top of head.

Habitat:

The Nassau grouper lives in the sea, preferring to be near reefs; it is one of the largest fish to be found around Coral Reefs. It can be found anywhere from the shoreline to nearly water that are up to 100 m deep. Found from Florida all the Caribbean Sea to Brazil.


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Mexico

Lat: 20.51, Long: -86.95

Spotted on May 12, 2005
Submitted on Jan 1, 2012

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