Purple-eye Goby, Bryaninops natans Larson 1985

Other Names: Hovering Goby, Purple-eyed Coral-goby, Purple-eyed Goby, Redeye Goby

A Purple-eye Goby, Bryaninops natans, in Padre Burgos, Eastern Visayas, Philippines. Source: Klaus Stiefel / Flickr. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A very small transparent goby with a pinkish-purple iris and yellow pigment over the internal organs. Purple-eye Gobies are seen perching on or hovering in groups above certain Acropora corals.

Video of Bryaninops natans in the Red Sea.

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Purple-eye Goby, Bryaninops natans Larson 1985

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Found on offshore reefs in northern Australia. Elsewhere, widespread in the Indo-Pacific, from the Red Sea to the Cook Islands, the Ryukyu Islands in southern Japan, northern Australia and Micronesia.

Species Citation

Bryaninops natans Larson, 1985, Beagle 2(1): 77, figs 10-12. Type locality: Lizard Island, Queensland. 


Dianne J. Bray

Purple-eye Goby, Bryaninops natans Larson 1985


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428079

Depth:7-27 m

Habitat:Reef associated, with Acropora corals

Max Size:2.5 cm TL

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