Redlined Pygmygoby, Trimma striatum (Herre 1945)

Other Names: Redlined Pygmy Goby, Red-lined Pygmy Goby, Red-lined Pygmy-goby, Stripehead Dwarfgoby, Stripehead Goby

A Redlined Pygmygoby, Trimma striatum, swimming upsidedown in a cavern at Osprey Islet, Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Source: Anne Hoggett / Lizard Island Field Guide, License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

A purplish pygmygoby with six reddish-orange stripes on the head and anterior body, and an elongate filamentous second dorsal-fin spine.

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Redlined Pygmygoby, Trimma striatum (Herre 1945)

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Hibernia Reef, Western Australia, to Ashmore Reef in the Timor Sea. Elsewhere the species occurs in the east-Indo-west-central Pacific. 
Individuals or small groups shelter in caves, crevices and beneath ledges in deep lagoons and on protected outer reef slopes.


Dorsal fin V-VI + I,9; Anal fin I,8; Longitudinal scale series 26-27. 
Body depth about 4.0 in SL; second dorsal-fin spine usually elongate and filamentous; fifth pelvic-fin ray branched, 60-70% length of fourth ray; predorsal scales absent; cheek and opercle without scales.


The specific name striatum is from the Latin striatus (= striped) in reference to the longitudinal stripes on the head.

Species Citation

Coronogobius striatus Herre, 1945, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 58(19): 81. Type locality:among the coral heads of the little dock at Coron, Busuanga Island, Philippines.


Bray, D.J. 2020


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Redlined Pygmygoby, Trimma striatum (Herre 1945)


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CAAB Code:37428271

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:1-40 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:3 cm TL

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