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A potentially new "Bryozoan Goby" discovered in Indonesia

By Leonard Ho - Posted May 28, 2013 11:47 AM
Ned and Anna DeLoach of share with us some great photos and video of a potentially undescribed goby which lives within the lacy matrix of bryozoan colonies. Graham Abbott first spotted this unusual tiny goby at Ambon Harbor.
A potentially new "Bryozoan Goby" discovered in Indonesia

A potentially undescribed species of goby

Abbott is the "founder and principal guide of Diving4Images, a dive service headquartered in Bali that specializes in leading underwater photographic expeditions throughout Indonesia."  By the end of the day, most of his divers also found these gobies - often in pairs - in bryozoans. The gobies appear to be only a few millimeters long and camouflage really effectively with their host bryozoan.  In fact, the photo below shows a goby with translucent body.  It's not surprising this species may have evaded detection until now.


The photos were sent to Dr. Gerald Allen for analysis; Dr. Allen believes this is an undescribed species but will need to collect a specimen for positive determination.  Visit our friends at to read the expanded story about the discovery of this goby.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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