Hard-drinking Atomgoby, Trimmatom zapotes Winterbottom 1989

Other Names: Hard-drinking Atom Goby

A Hard-drinking Atomgoby, Trimmatom zapotes, showing its red nasal tubes - from Escape Reef, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Source: Doug Hoese. License: All rights reserved

A species of Atomgoby with a scaled body, unbranched pelvic-fin rays and red anterior nostrils.

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Bray, D.J. 2018, Trimmatom zapotes in Fishes of Australia, accessed 19 Apr 2024, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/4170

Hard-drinking Atomgoby, Trimmatom zapotes Winterbottom 1989

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Scott Reef, Western Australia, and the northern Great Barrier Reef, and reefs in the Coral Sea. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical West Pacific.


Dorsal fin VI + I, 8-9; Anal fin III; Pectoral fin 12-13; Pelvic fin I, 5; Caudal fin 17 (segmented rays); Gill rakers 1 + 5-6.


To 15.5 mm SL


Colour of a freshly dead specimen: cheek and rear half of body yellow-green, translucent elsewhere, with 5 darkish internal body bars; anterior nasal tube red; a bar on the cheek below the pupil, 8 diffues saddles on back, and bases of caudal-fin rays pink; dorsal fins yellow; scale margins on rear half of body dark.




Similar Species

Trimmatom zapotes differs from all other species in the genus Trimmatom in having a scaled body and unbranched pelvic-fin rays.


Named from the Greek zapotes, a hard drinker, in allusion to the red anterior nasal tubes of this species (Winterbottom, 1989).

Species Citation

Trimmatom zapotes Winterbottom 1989, Canadian Journal of Zoology 67: 2407, Figs. 5-7. Type locality: Palfrey island, Lizard Island Group, Queensland.


Bray, D.J. 2018


Australian Faunal Directory

Hard-drinking Atomgoby, Trimmatom zapotes Winterbottom 1989


Dimara, R, A. Fauzan, M. Lazuardi, D. Pada, G.R. Allen, M.V. Erdmann, C.L. Huffard, L.S. Katz & R. Winterbottom. 2010. Pisces, Teleostei, Gobiidae, illustrated list of additions to the fauna of the Raja Ampat Islands, Indonesia. Check List 6(4): 619-625.

Moore, G.I., Morrison, S.M., Hutchins, B.J., Allen, G.R. & Sampey, A. 2014. Kimberley marine biota. Historical data: fishes. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 84: 161-206

Winterbottom, R. 1989. A revision of the Trimmatom nanus species complex (Pisces, Gobiidae), with descriptions of three new species and redefinition of Trimmatom. Canadian Journal of Zoology 67: 2403-2410.

Winterbottom, R. 1990. The Trimmatom nanus species complex (Actinopterygii, Gobiidae): Phylogeny and progenetic heterochrony. Systematic Zoology 39(3): 253-265.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428277

Depth:3-25 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:15.5 mm SL

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