Sharpeye Pygmygoby, Trimma anaima Winterbottom 2000

Other Names: Pale Dwarfgoby, Sharpeye Pygmy Goby

A Sharpeye Pygmygoby, Trimma anaima, at Uepi Island, Solomon Islands. Source: Sally Polack / FishWise Professional. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike

A small semi-translucent pinkish-orange goby with a broad reddish-orange midlateral stripe, a pale underside from the lower jaw to along the anal-fin base, and pale blue lines below and behind the eye, and on the middle of the snout.

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Sharpeye Pygmygoby, Trimma anaima Winterbottom 2000

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Far northern Great Barrier Reef, and reefs in the Coral Sea, Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, Indo-west Pacific: Comores and Maldives, east to the Philippines, Palau, Papua New Guinea, and Fiji.
Inhabits caves and crevices often on drop offs.


The specific name anaima is from the Greek anaimos (= bloodless, pallid, pale or anaemic), in allusion to the pale, almost washed-out colouration of the species.

Species Citation

Trimma anaima Winterbottom, 2000, aqua, J. Ichthyol. Aquat. Biol. 4(2): 58, fig. 1. Type locality: off Al Almal hotel just east of Matsumudu, 12°09'30"S, 44°24'00"E, Anjouan Island, Comoro Islands, southwestern Indian Ocean, depth 6-18 m.


Bray, D.J. 2020


Atlas of Living Australia

Sharpeye Pygmygoby, Trimma anaima Winterbottom 2000


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 anaima. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T193066A2190733. Downloaded on 16 May 2018.

Hagiwara, K. & Winterbottom, R. 2007. Two new species of Trimma (Gobiidae) from the western Pacific. Bulletin of the National Museum of Nature and Science (A) Supplement 1: 163-174 See ref online

Kuiter R.H. & Tonozuka, T. 2001. Pictorial guide to Indonesian reef fishes. Part 3. Melbourne : Zoonetics pp. 623–893 (as Trimma amaina)

Winterbottom, R. 1990. The Trimmatom nanus species complex (Actinopterygii, Gobiidae): phylogeny and progenetic heterochrony. Systematic Zoology 39: 253-265.  (as Trimma RW sp. 28)

Winterbottom, R. 2000. Four new species of Trimma (Gobiidae), from the Indian and western Pacific oceans. aqua, Journal of Ichthyology and Aquatic Biology 4(2): 57-66 See ref online

Winterbottom, R. 2019. An illustrated key to the described valid species of Trimma (Teleostei: Gobiidae). Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation 34: 1-61

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:37428336

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:3-35 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:1.5 cm SL

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