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Wirecoral goby.jpg
Whip coral dwarf goby, (B. yongei) on a whip coral (Cirrhipathes)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Gobiidae
Subfamily: Gobiinae
Genus: Bryaninops
J. L. B. Smith, 1959
Type species
Bryaninops ridens
J. L. B. Smith, 1959
  • Tenacigobius Larson & Hoese, 1980

Bryaninops (commonly known as sea whip gobies) is a tropical Indo-Pacific genus of gobies. The genus takes its common name from the fact that it is commensal on gorgonians (commonly known as sea whips) and black coral. The genus is further characterised by cryptic colouration.[1]


There are currently 16 recognized species in this genus:


  1. ^ Okiyama, Muneo; Tsukamoto, Youichi (1989). "Sea whip goby, Bryaninops yongei, collected from outer shelf off Miyakojima, East China Sea". Ichthyological Research. 36 (3): 369–370. doi:10.1007/BF02905623. 
  2. ^ a b c d Suzuki, T. & Randall, J.E. (2014): Four new gobiid fishes of the genus Bryaninops from the East Indies. aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology, 20 (1): 11-26.