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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Ringeye Pygmygoby, Trimma benjamini Winterbottom 1996

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Rowley Shoals and Ashmore Reef, Western Australia, and the northern Great Barrier Reef and reefs in teh Coral Sea, to One Tree Island, Queensland. 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.


Bray, D.J. 2018


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Ringeye Pygmygoby, Trimma benjamini Winterbottom 1996


Allen, G.R. 1993. Fishes of Ashmore Reef and Cartier Island. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 44: 67-91 (as Trimma sp. 5)

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

Greenfield, D. 2016. Trimma benjamini. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T193151A2201395. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T193151A2201395.en. Downloaded on 16 May 2018.

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. 1990. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 507 pp. figs.

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.

Russell, B.C. 1983. Annotated checklist of the coral reef fishes in the Capricorn-Bunker group, Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Special Publication Series 1: 1-184 figs 1-2

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., Alofs, K.M. &  Marseu, A. 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. & 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

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

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428331

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:5-40 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:3 cm SL

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