Another day, another new species of pygmy goby joins the ranks of our fishy wish list.Trimma yoshinoiis the latest species to be inducted into the growing genus of ‘Pygmy Gobies’ known asTrimma, this time it’s from southern Japan.
Five specimens ofTrimma yoshinoiwere collected from Iriomote-Jima Island at a depth of 36 meters, so fairly deep at about 118 feet. Pictorial evidence suggest that the new pygmy goby species can be found throughout the Ryukyu Islands of Japan but not beyond that, so it’s a fairly limited range that we know of.
Trimma yoshinoisuperficially resemblesTrimma tevegaeunderwater in general appearance, but the overall coloration and pattern is quite different.T. yoshinoihas a pinkish bodywith a broad longitudinal red stripe stretching from right behind the eyes to the base of the tail, which and a dark maroon bar at the caudal penduncle.
Trimma yoshinoiwas described by Suzuki et. al. in theJournal of the Ocean Science Foundation.