Trimma christianeae Allen, 2019
Christiane’s pygmygoby
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Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  2 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 1 - 4 m
Distribution:  Western Pacific: Papua New Guinea.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 7-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-9; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 8-8. This species is distinguished by the following combination of characters: D VI + I,9, with the second dorsal-fin spine usually with short filament, when adpressed extending to the base of first to fourth segmented dorsal-fin ray; A I,8; the fifth segmented pelvic-fin ray with sequential branching consisting of three branch points, its length 76.9-87.5% (mean 83.4%) length of fourth ray; the basal membrane of pelvic fin is fully developed; gill rakers on first arch 3-4 + 12-13; opercle scaleless; posterior naris is large and adnate to orbital rim. Colour in life mainly orange to brownish red with diffuse brown scale margins that form a reticulated pattern; indistinct narrow white or gray bars (sometimes branching) along back and dorsalmost part of caudal peduncle; the pectoral-fin base with distinctive orange to reddish-brown medial area with large white spots dorsally and ventrally (Ref. 119492).
Biology:  Species collected from jetty pilings, log debris, and concrete stairs at the water’s edge, at about 1-4 meters. It seems to have an affinity for sponge-encrusted surfaces, but the general area where it is observed is characterized by extensive silty mud substrata inhabited by a large number of burrowing gobies. It was not previously observed despite nearly 100 hours of scuba-diving because the collection site is immediately adjacent to shore at a busy shipyard where diving is usually banned during daylight hours. Most of the specimens were found on the inner side of a single pillar of the jetty, which was situated in total shade (Ref. 119492).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 25.06.19

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