Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Gobiiformes
(Gobies) > Gobiidae
(Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: spongicolus: Named B. spongicolus in reference to its being found as a commensal on sponge (Ref. 89154). More on authors: Suzuki, Bogorodsky & Randall.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range ? - 23 m (Ref. 89154). Tropical; 20°N - 19°N, 37°E - 38°E
Indian Ocean: presently known from the holotype from off Sudan, with a possible range extension to the Gulf of Aqaba (Ref. 89154).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 2.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 89154)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 8. Dorsal-fin rays I,8; anal-fin rays I,8; pectoral-fin rays 15; scales on body reaching to above base of pectoral fins, the longitudinal scale series 52; transverse scale rows 11; body elongate, the depth at anus 15% SL; head width slightly greater than head depth; snout long and depressed, 41% head length, and depressed; eye 28% head length; lower jaw slightly protruding; gill opening extending forward to below center of eye; two pairs of recurved canine teeth on side of lower jaw; caudal fin rounded; pelvic disc broadly oblong and flat, not reaching genital papilla; each pelvic spine flattened to a lobe and joined to frenum, without a pocket beneath; body translucent in life, dusky yellow over abdomen; snout mainly yellow with a lateral blackish stripe from eye to front of jaws; scattered melanophores on head posterior to eye (Ref. 89154).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Suzuki, T., S.V. Bogorodsky and J.E. Randall, 2012. Gobiid fishes of the genus Bryaninops from the Red Sea, with description of two new species and two new records. Zootaxa 3170:1-17. (Ref. 89154)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00955 (0.00454 - 0.02011), b=3.05 (2.88 - 3.22), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.1 ±0.3 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .