Trimma papayum Winterbottom, 2011
Pawpaw pygmy goby
photo by Allen, G.R.

 Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
 Max. size:  2.22 cm SL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  demersal; depth range - 50 m
 Distribution:  Western Pacific Ocean: Indonesia.
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 7-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-9; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 8-8. This species is unique in having the following set of characters: one-third pupil diameter black ocellated spot on and just behind the fourth dorsal fin spine; fins rays in dorsal 9, anal 8, pectoral 18-19, with the middle ones branched; a single branch point in the fifth pelvic fin ray, about 60-70% the length of the fourth and a basal membrane about 10-20% the length of the fourth ray;10-11 anterior and 8-9 posterior transverse scale rows; 5-10 scales in the predorsal midline, no scales on cheek and a single row of 3 scales on the upper margin of the opercle; a shallow interorbital trench with no trench posterodorsal to the orbit; freshly collected specimens are orange red in overall colouration, with scattered diffuse yellow spots (Ref. 87358).
 Biology:  Inhabits seaward reef slopes in about 50 m (Ref. 90102).
 IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated  (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Busson, Frédéric - 15.07.11
 Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 18.04.13

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