Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

Benthic (Ref. 58302). Live exclusively on, or in close association with gorgonian seawhips Juncella fragilis and J. juncea which usually occur in groups in areas exposed to currents at depths of 5 to more than 30 m (Ref. 1602, 58302). May also live on other species like Ellisella maculata, or even on mooring lines (Ref. 1602). Also Ref. 48637.
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Distribution

Range Description

The Gorgonian Goby (Bryaninops amplus) is distributed from Natal in South Africa, Madagascar, the Maldives and Seychelles, to the Hawaiian Islands, north to Southern Japan, and south to the southern Great Barrier Reef and the Northern Territory, Australia.
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Indo-Pacific: Natal, South Africa (Ref. 11228) and Madagascar to the Hawaiian Islands, north to southern Japan, south to the southern Great Barrier Reef.
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Indo-West Pacific: Madagascar and Seychelles east to Hawaiian Islands, north to southern Japan and Ogawara Islands, south to Queensland (Australia).
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Physical Description

Morphology

Dorsal spines (total): 7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 6 - 9; Analspines: 1; Analsoft rays: 6 - 9
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Size

Maximum size: 46 mm SL
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Max. size

4.6 cm SL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 1602))
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Diagnostic Description

Description

Lives exclusively on, or in close association with gorgonian seawhips @Juncella fragilis@ and @J. juncea@ which usually occur in groups in areas exposed to currents at depths of 5 to more than 30 m. May also live on other species like @Ellisella maculata@, or even on mooring lines.
  • Anon. (1996). FishBase 96 [CD-ROM]. ICLARM: Los Baños, Philippines. 1 cd-rom pp.
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Type Information

Paratype for Bryaninops amplus Larson
Catalog Number: USNM 263766
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes
Collector(s): S. Applegate
Year Collected: 1964
Locality: Off Somali Coast, Somalia, Indian
Depth (m): 60 to 70
Vessel: Anton Bruun
  • Paratype: Larson, H. K. 1985. The Beagle, Occasional Papers of the Northern Territory Museum of Arts and Sciences. 2 (1): 66, 5.
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Paratype for Bryaninops amplus Larson
Catalog Number: USNM 263765
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes
Collector(s): P. Lobel
Year Collected: 1982
Locality: Kamoa Point, Kona, Hawaii., Hawaii, United States, Hawaiian Islands, Pacific
Depth (m): 30 to 30
  • Paratype: Larson, H. K. 1985. The Beagle, Occasional Papers of the Northern Territory Museum of Arts and Sciences. 2 (1): 66, 5.
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Paratype for Bryaninops amplus Larson
Catalog Number: USNM 261381
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes
Collector(s): H. Larson
Year Collected: 1975
Locality: Off Granite Bluff, Lizard I., Qld., Queensland, Australia, Pacific
Depth (m): 12 to 15
  • Paratype: Larson, H. K. 1985. The Beagle, Occasional Papers of the Northern Territory Museum of Arts and Sciences. 2 (1): 66, 5.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
The Gorgonian Goby is a demersal species that has a depth range of 1 - 30 m. It lives exclusively on, or in close association with gorgonian seawhips, Juncella fragilis and J. juncea, which usually occur in groups in areas exposed to currents; these can be found in the vicinity of coral reefs. This species may also live in association with other species such as Ellisella maculata, or even on mooring lines. Individuals are benthic spawners.

Systems
  • Marine
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Environment

reef-associated; marine; depth range 1 - 30 m (Ref. 58302), usually 5 - 20 m (Ref. 27115)
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Depth range based on 9 specimens in 1 taxon.
Water temperature and chemistry ranges based on 3 samples.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 3.5075 - 80
  Temperature range (°C): 23.296 - 28.954
  Nitrate (umol/L): 0.099 - 8.732
  Salinity (PPS): 34.131 - 35.456
  Oxygen (ml/l): 3.338 - 4.525
  Phosphate (umol/l): 0.113 - 0.867
  Silicate (umol/l): 1.579 - 9.298

Graphical representation

Depth range (m): 3.5075 - 80

Temperature range (°C): 23.296 - 28.954

Nitrate (umol/L): 0.099 - 8.732

Salinity (PPS): 34.131 - 35.456

Oxygen (ml/l): 3.338 - 4.525

Phosphate (umol/l): 0.113 - 0.867

Silicate (umol/l): 1.579 - 9.298
 
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Trophic Strategy

Benthic (Ref. 58302). Live exclusively on, or in close association with gorgonian seawhips Juncella fragilis and J. juncea which usually occur in groups in areas exposed to currents at depths of 5 to more than 30 m (Ref. 1602, 58302). May also live on other species like Ellisella maculata, or even on mooring lines (Ref. 1602).
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Life History and Behavior

Life Cycle

Benthic spawner.
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
LC
Least Concern

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2010

Assessor/s
Larson, H.K. & Jaafar, Z.

Reviewer/s
Collen, B., Richman, N., Beresford, A., Chenery, A. & Ram, M.

Contributor/s
De Silva, R., Milligan, H., Lutz, M., Batchelor, A., Jopling, B., Kemp, K., Lewis, S., Lintott, P., Sears, J., Wilson, P., Smith, J. & Livingston, F.

Justification
Bryaninops amplus has been assessed as Least Concern. Despite being harvested for the aquarium trade, this threat is not known across the entire range of this broadly distributed species. Monitoring of the harvest levels of this species is needed to determine if the aquarium trade is likely to impact this species in the future.
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Population

Population
There is no population information available for the Gorgonian Goby.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
The Gorgonian Goby, Bryaninops amplus, is harvested for aquarium trade, however this is not considered a major threat to this species as it is only harvested on a small scale in a few areas of its distribution.
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Least Concern (LC)
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
There are no species-specific conservation measures in place for the Gorgonian Goby, however its distribution range may coincide with a number of marine protected areas including the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
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Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems

Benefits

Importance

aquarium: commercial
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Wikipedia

Bryaninops amplus

Bryaninops amplus, known commonly as the Large whip goby or White-line Seawhip Goby, is a species of marine fish in the family Gobiidae.

The White-line Seawhip Goby is widespread throughout the tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific area, including Hawaii but not the Red Sea.[2]

This fish is a small size that can reach a maximum size of 4.6 cm length.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Larson, H.K. & Jaafar, Z. 2010. Bryaninops amplus. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.1. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 07 September 2013.
  2. ^ http://eol.org/pages/213238/details#distribution
  3. ^ http://www.fishbase.org/summary/7203
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