Bryaninops amplus

Large Whipgoby | Gorgonian Goby
Bryaninops amplus
Bryaninops amplus, Raja Ampat, Indonesia, Photo: Andrew Green
Bryaninops amplus
Bryaninops amplus, Great Barrier Reef, Cardwell, Qld, Photo: Andrew Green
Bryaninops amplus
Bryaninops amplus, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
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Bryaninops amplus
Bryaninops amplus
Bryaninops amplus


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Translucent with reddish-brown blotches on the side which tend to fuse, sometimes forming a stripe below the spine. Head broad. Live exclusively on or in close association with gorgonian seawhips.


Max Size: 5 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 22.2-30.9°C

Depth: 1-30m

Habitat Generalization Index: 0.67

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Least Concern

Occurrence: Infrequent (3.1% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Several (6 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: Joe Shields