Trimmatom zapotes I.18739-103 Click to enlarge image
Holotype of Hard-drinking Atomgoby, Trimmatom zapotes Winterbottom, 1989 Image: Mark Allen
© Australian Museum

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    Trimmatom
    Genus
    zapotes
    Family
    Gobiidae
    Order
    Perciformes
    Class
    Actinopterygii
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    It is a small species - the holotype is 15.5 mm SL.

Introduction

There are over 32,000 species of fishes. This species must have one of the best standard names of them all!

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.

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.



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.