Exquisite Pygmy Goby, Trimma preclarum Winterbottom 2006

Other Names: Exquisite Pygmygoby, Splendid Dwarfgoby

An Exquisite Pygmy Goby, Trimma preclarum, from Kayangel Atoll, Palau - male paratype ROM 80020. Source: Rick Winterbottom / FishWise Professional. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

A pygmygoby with three yellow stripes along the body, dorsal and anal fins each with a dark stripe and a yellow stripe, a reddish iris with four large, irregularly-spaced yellow spots, and upper body scales with dark outlines.

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Dianne J. Bray, Trimma preclarum in Fishes of Australia, accessed 21 Jul 2018, http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/species/5182

Exquisite Pygmy Goby, Trimma preclarum Winterbottom 2006

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In Australia, the species is recorded from outer Great Barrier Reef islands, and reefs in the Coral Sea south to Coffs Harbour, NSW: Ashmore Reef, Holmes Reef, Lihou Reef and Herald Cays, Coral Sea, Escape Reef, QLD to Coffs Harbour, NSW. The species occurs in the tropical, west-central Pacific from Palau & Guam in the north to Samoa and to eastern Australia.

Inhabits reef drop-offs and walls with small caves, and rubble areas in 10-60 m. 


Dorsal fin VII, 9; Anal fin I, 8-9. 
Predorsal scales present; second and third dorsal-fin spines elongate; moderate interorbital and postorbital trenches; opercular scales absent. The fifth pelvic fin ray is branched sequentially once or unbranched depending on the capture location and characterized further by having longitudinal scale series 22-24; predorsal scales 6-9; depth of body about 4.2-4.4 in SL.


The specific name preclarum is from the Latin  'preclarus' meaning splendid or very beautiful, in reference to its live colour, especially the multi-hued iris.

Species Citation

Trimma preclarum Winterbottom, 2006, Zootaxa 1331: 63. Type locality: south of Shark City, western side of Koror, south of Ulong Pass, Palau [7°71'03"N, 134°12'00"E]. 


Dianne J. Bray

Exquisite Pygmy Goby, Trimma preclarum Winterbottom 2006


Greenfield, D. 2016. Trimma preclarum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T193212A2209635. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T193212A2209635.en. Downloaded on 10 January 2018.

Winterbottom, R. 2006. Two new species of the gobiid fish Trimma from the coral reefs of the western Pacific Ocean (Pisces; Perciformes; Gobioidei). Zootaxa 1331: 55–68.

Winterbottom, R. 2018. A new species of Trimma (Pisces; Gobiidae) from the South-West Islands of Palau, western Pacific Ocean. Zootaxa 4370 (2): 123-136. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4370.2.2

Winterbottom, R. & Hoese, D.F. 2015. A revision of the Australian species of Trimma (Actinopterygii, Gobiidae), with descriptions of six new species and redescriptions of twenty-three valid species. Zootaxa 3934: 1-102.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428431

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:10-60 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:2 cm SL

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