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An absurdly beautiful new Trimma goby

By Leonard Ho - Posted Feb 27, 2014 09:00 AM
Trimma helenae is a recently discovered and newly described dwarf goby from Raja Ampat, Indonesia. At only approximately one inch in length, this "tie-dyed" goby rivals any fish for the most colorful species we've seen.
An absurdly beautiful new Trimma goby

Trimma helenae - the colors, man, the colors ...

Trimma helenae was discovered last summer by Dr. Mark Erdmann.  This month, it was official described and named after Helen Newman, the lead biologist of the expedition that found this glowing jewel of a fish.  Recent surveys of the biological hotbed Coral Triangle (notably by Conservation International and the California Academy of Sciences) have turned up many new species.  If a fish this gaudy was only recently described, imagine what other exotic species we've yet to find!


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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