Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Gobiidae
(Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: Trimma: Greek, trimma, -atos = something crushed (Ref. 45335); blematium: Name from compound word derived from the Greek μπλε (ble) = blue, and μάτι (máti) = eye, in referring to the distinctive blue dorsal surfaces of the eyes.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 60 - 70 m (Ref. 118315). Tropical
Southwestern Pacific: Papua New Guinea.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 2.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 118315)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 8. This species is distinguished by the following characters: scales on cheeks and opercle; scales in predorsal midline 8-9; unbranched pectoral fin rays 16; branched 5th pelvic fin ray, 45-50% length of 4th ray; total gill rakers 20-22; broad interorbital (46-63% pupil width) with narrow crease-like postorbital trench ending at posterior-most papilla in row p; small nasal apparatus placed on the anterior one-third of snout with posterior nares forming posterodorsa margin of nasal sac; papillae in row p 7 (with a single papilla below row n); when alive or freshly collected, the dorsal surface of eye is dark blue; when preserved, with fairly evenly distributed melanophores over dorsal surface of snout (Ref. 118315).
Differs from Trimma meityae by having 16 pectoral fin rays (vs. 17-18), a branched 5th pelvic fin ray (vs. unbranched), with 7 papillae in row 'p' (vs. 8 papillae); and in live specimens, the blue colour over the top of the eyes is much darker in this species than in T. meityae (Ref. 118315).
Observed in mixed rubble and sand habitat, on a deep reef slope (at 60-70 m depth) and exposed to significant current and cold-water upwelling (Ref. 118315).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Winterbottom, R. and M.V. Erdmann, 2018. Two new species of blue-eyed Trimma (Pisces; Gobiidae) from New Guinea. Zootaxa 4444(4):471-483. (Ref. 118315)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass 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=0.00589 (0.00267 - 0.01297), b=3.10 (2.91 - 3.29), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .