Ringeye Pygmygoby, Trimma benjamini Winterbottom 1996

Other Names: Redface Dwarfgoby, Redface Goby, Ringeye Pygmy Goby, Ring-eye Pygmy-goby

A Ringeye Pygmygoby, Trimma benjamini, at N Bali, Indonesia. Source: Jim Greenfield / FishBase. License: All rights reserved

A small reddish-orange goby with a narrow pale blue to whitish line around the eye, and a red iris with a whitish to yellow inner ring.

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Dianne J. Bray, Trimma benjamini in Fishes of Australia, accessed 19 Apr 2018, http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/species/481

Ringeye Pygmygoby, Trimma benjamini Winterbottom 1996

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Recorded on Australia from Rowley Shoals and Ashmore Reef, WA, and the species is widespread on the Great Barrier Reef and in the Coral Sea. Elsewhere, the species is widespread in the tropical, Indo-west-central Pacific.


Feeds on plankton.

Species Citation

Trimma benjamini Winterbottom, 1996, Rev. Franç. d'Aquariol. Herpétol. 23(1–2): 57, figs 1-4. Type locality: Siquijor Island, Tonga Point, Philippines.


Dianne J. Bray

Ringeye Pygmygoby, Trimma benjamini Winterbottom 1996


Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth : Tropical Reef Research 3 vols, 1260 pp.

Hagiwara, K. & R. Winterbottom. 2007. Two new species of Trimma (Gobiidae) from the Western Pacific. Bull. Natl. Mus. Nat. Sci., Ser. A, Suppl. 1:163-174.

Randall, J.E. 2005. Reef and shore fishes of the South Pacific. New Caledonia to Tahiti and the Pitcairn Islands. Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press 707 pp. 

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 557 pp. figs.

Winterbottom, R. 1996. A new species of gobiid fish, Trimma benjamini, from the western Pacific. Revue Française d'Aquariologie et Herpétologie 23(1–2): 57-60.

Winterbottom, R., K.M. Alofs & A. Marseu. 2011. Life span, growth and mortality in the western Pacific goby Trimma benjamini , and comparisons with T. nasa. Environ. Biol. Fish. 91: 295-301.

Winterbottom, R. & L. Southcott. 2007. Two new species of the genus Trimma (Percomorpha: Gobiidae) from western Thailand. aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology 13( 2): 69-76. 

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CAAB Code:37428331

Depth:5-40 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:3 cm SL

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