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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Dampier Archipelago and offshore reefs of north Western Australia, Ashmore Reef in the Timor Sea, and the far northern Great Barrier Reef, and reefs in the Coral Sea, to the Solitary Islands, New South Wales. Elsewhere the species is widespread in the tropical Indo-west-central Pacific. 
Inhabits a single species of seawhip, Cirripathes anguina. A single juvenile or an immature individual usually occupies small seawhips, whereas a pair is most always found on seawhips over 20 m in length.


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.  


The species is named yongei for Sir Maurice Yonge, "our shipmate on Cruise 6 of TE VEGA'.

Species Citation

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


Bray, D.J. 2020


Atlas of Living Australia

Seawhip Goby, Bryaninops yongei (Davis & Cohen 1968)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428083

Behaviour:Lives on sea whips


Depth:3-46 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:3.7 cm TL

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