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