Bryaninops loki is a small, elongated whip goby. It has a red to brown lower body, but color can vary depending on its host gorgonian. It is very similar to B. amplus, but a little smaller and a darker spot on the tail base. There is also a variation with a red to brown lower body and white bars. It is assumed the white bars are associated with guarding eggs or mating behavior.
This species is unassessed by the IUCN Red list, but considered a common species of whip goby. Probably often misidentified.
Up to 3 cm.
Bryaninops loki feeds on zooplankton
The Loki whip goby is very similar to the common B. amplus, but can be distinguished by the dark(er) spot on the tail base. You can also browse our other species of Pleurosicya en Bryaninops gobies here, to compare habitats and physical features.