Seawhip Goby, Bryaninops yongei (Davis & Cohen 1968)

Other Names: Sea-whip Goby, Whip Coral Goby, Whip Goby, Yonge's Sea Whip Goby

A Seawhip Goby, Bryaninops yongei, at Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia. Source: Ian V. Shaw / Reef Life Survey. License: CC BY Attribution

A small brownish semi-transparent goby with several darker bars across the back. The Seawhip Goby is only found on the seawhip, Cirripathes anguina, often in current-swept areas.

Video of Seawhip Gobies spawning at Sebumakutan Island, Cebu, Philippines 

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Seawhip Goby, Bryaninops yongei (Davis & Cohen 1968)

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Widespread in the tropical Indo-west-central Pacific. A single juvenile or immature individual usually occupies small seawhips, whereas a pair is most always found on seawhips over 20 m in length.


Meristic features: Dorsal fin VI + I, 7-10; Anal fin I, 7-9; Pectoral fin 13-17 (lower 3-6 rays unbranched and thickened); Longitudinal scale rows 26-58.
Pelvic fins cup-like with a thickened, folded and lobed frenum; gill openings reaching to below pectoral-fin base.  

Species Citation

Cottogobius yongei Davis & Cohen, 1968,  Bull. Mar. Sci. 18(4): 752, figs 1, 4-6. Type locality: Borneo.


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Seawhip Goby, Bryaninops yongei (Davis & Cohen 1968)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428083

Behaviour:Lives on sea whips

Biology:Changes sex

Depth:3-46 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:3.7 cm TL

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