WHIP GOBIES AND EGGS

WHIP CORAL GOBIES, BRYANINOPS YONGEI

Whip coral gobies live along the wire-like whip corals of Indo-Pacific coral reefs. Just a few centimetres long, the fish lay eggs that are invisible to the naked eye on the whips and guard them from predators. This parent’s protective behaviour indicated to me that they were guarding an egg clutch.

Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia

Nikon D2Xs, Nikkor 105mm, 1/125, f/13, ISO 100, Twin INON Z240 strobes, Subal underwater housing 

by Richard Smith, United Kingdom