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A new itty bitty reef goby

By Leonard Ho - Posted Nov 12, 2015 10:00 AM
Lubricogobius nanus is a newly described species of uber tiny reef goby from Papua New Guinea. We're talking about adult length of approximately 1cm (1/2 inch), making L.nanus one of the smallest goby species.
A new itty bitty reef goby

Lubricogobius nanus. Photo by G.R. Allen

The new goby is described in the latest publication of The Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation.  Like all other members of the Lubricogobius genus, it is very tiny and native to the western Pacific Ocean living on relatively shallow substrate.  There's only four other species within this genus, so you might as well meet the rest of the family.

L_dinah.jpgLubricogobius dinah.  Photo by J.E. Randall

L_ornatus.jpgLubricogobius ornatus.  Photo by G.R. Allen

L_exiguus.jpgLubricogobius exiguus.  Photo by J.E. Randall

L_tre.jpgLubricogobius tre.  Photo by G.R. Allen

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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