Animal Species:Hard-drinking Atomgoby, Trimmatom zapotes Winterbottom, 1989

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Hard-drinking Atomgoby, Trimmatom zapotes

Mark Allen © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Hard-drinking Atomgoby

Identification

The species is named from the Greek zapotes, or hard drinker.  Its standard name refers to the red anterior nasal tube. View a colour image at Fishes of Australia.

Size range

It is a small species - the holotype is 15.5 mm SL.

Distribution

The species occurs in the Caroline Islands, Gilbert Islands, Papua New Guinea, Scott Reef off north-western Western Australia and the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Trimmatom zapotes

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Hard-drinking Atomgoby specimens in Australian Museums.

What does this mean?

Classification

Species:
Trimmatom
Genus:
zapotes
Family:
Gobiidae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. 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.


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