Greek, typhlos = blind + the name of a Nile fish, eleotris (Ref. 45335).
Etymology of specific name :
Named in honor of the prominent French entomologist and former deputy director of the Institut de Recherche Scientifique de Madagascar, Renaud Paulian, who collected the specimens on which the original description is based end who did much seminal work on western Indian Ocean biogeography (Ref. 93144).