Bryaninops tectus Suzuki & Randall 2014

A small goby found only on the gorgonian coral Ellisella quadrilineata, at Linnet Reef, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland.

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Bray, D.J. 2019, Bryaninops tectus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 17 Jun 2024,

Bryaninops tectus Suzuki & Randall 2014

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Known only from the west side of Linnet Reef, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. The species was collected from the gorgonian Ellisella quadrilineata at depths of 6-15 m.


Dorsal fin VI + I, 8; Anal fin I, 8; Pectoral fin 16, some middle rays branched; Segmented caudal rays 9+8=17 (15 in two subadult paratypes); Branched caudal rays 11; Longitudinal scale series 39-50; Transverse scale rows 8-11. 

Similar Species

Closely related to Bryaninops nexus Larson and B. erythrops (Jordan and Seale), with which it shares the absence of anterior and posterior nostrils. It differs from these two species in lacking ctenoid scales below the second dorsal fin, above the anal fin, and on the ventral side of the caudal peduncle. 
The species is also similar to B. loki, differing in having a higher pectoral-fin ray count, a deeper body (average 14% SL in B. loki, vs to 10% in B. tectus), the presence of nostrils, a longer gill opening (usually reaching orbit in B. loki, vs to below posterior half of preopercle in B. tectus), and scales dorsally on body reaching below origin of first dorsal fin in B. loki, compared to below to posterior end of the second dorsal fin in B. tectus. (Suzuki & Randall 2014)


The specific name tectus is Latin meaning 'secret', 'hidden', or 'disguised', in reference to its being misidentified as another species.

Species Citation

Bryaninops tectus, Suzuki & Randall, 2014, aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology 20(1): 20, Figs. 8-9. Type locality: Linnet Reef, west side of reef, Great Barrier Reef, depth 6-15 m.


Bray, D.J. 2019


Australian Faunal Directory

Bryaninops tectus Suzuki & Randall 2014


Larson, H.K. 1985. A revision of the gobiid genus Bryaninops (Pisces), with a description of six new species. The Beagle (Occasional Papers of the Northern Territory Museum of Arts and Sciences) 2(1): 57-93. (p. 81, in part as Bryaninops loki)

Suzuki, T. & J.E. Randall. 2014. Four new gobiid fishes of the genus Bryaninops from the East Indies. aqua: International Journal of Ichthyology 20(1): 11-26.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428419

Behaviour:Lives on gorgonians

Depth:6-15 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:2 cm SL

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