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A new freshwater goby that gives any reef fish a run for its money

By Leonard Ho - Posted Apr 13, 2018 09:00 AM
Rhinogobius maxillivirgatus is a new goby species described from freshwaters of Anhui Province in Eastern China. While we generally (and rightfully) perceive reef fish as more colorful, there are many freshwater fish that are very colorful.
A new freshwater goby that gives any reef fish a run for its money

Rhinogobius maxillivirgatus sp. nov. Looks like a tiny sleeper goby, doesn't it?

This new goby species inhabits a shallow, slow-flowing brook of the upper Changjiang River atop cobble substrate (male adult shown at type locality in the photo above).  This is a very small species that grows to approximately 30mm (1.1 inch) in length.  Like many tiny reef gobies, this freshwater species packs a lot of power into its diminutive frame.

Rhinogobius maxillivirgatus is described in Zootaxa.

Need more proof that freshwater gobies can rival saltwater gobies?  Here's Stiphodon anniaeae (Photo: R. Hadiaty):

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.

Website: http://www.advancedaquarist.com.

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