Purple-eye Goby (species: Bryaninops natans) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Bryaninops natans
Purple-eye Goby

©Anne Hoggett: Bryaninops natans at North Direction Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Bryaninops natans at North Direction Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Gobiidae
Genus Bryaninops
Species Bryaninops natans



Distinguishing features

Bright pink/purple eyes outlined in black above; translucent with lavender head and yellow belly. Hover above Acropora corals.


  • Up to 2.5 cm (length according to Allen et al, 2003)

Depth range

  • From 12 m to 25 m (Allen et al, 2003)



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Allen, G., R. Steene, P. Humann and N. Deloach (2003). Reef fish identification: Tropical Pacific New World Publications Inc., Jacksonville, FL, USA.