Trimma gigantum Winterbottom & Zur, 2007
Giant pygmygoby
photo by Erdmann, M.V.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  2.99 cm SL (male/unsexed); 2.77 cm SL (female)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 57 - 73 m
Distribution:  Western Pacific: Palau to Indonesia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 7-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 8-9; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 7-9. This species is a member of the T. tevegae species complex (sensu Winterbottom 2005) with a broad interorbital space and a greatly expanded first haemal arch. It is further characterized by 15-18 predorsal scales; the second and third dorsal spines elongate; a fleshy, longitudinal ridge in the interorbital midline; absence of postorbital trenches; scales covering the cheek and opercle; the fifth pelvic fin ray usually branched dichotomously once; a pattern of six dark saddles across the dorsum on a pale yellow background; and, large adult size (to about 30 mm SL) (Ref. 59339).
Biology:  Inhabits outer reef slopes in caves and crevices in 57-73 m (Ref. 90102).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 29.11.07
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 21.05.18

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