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Two newly described Acentrogobius gobies

By Leonard Ho - Posted Mar 05, 2015 10:00 AM
Gerald R. Allen has formally described two new gobies he discovered at Alotau, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea. Meet Acentrogobius violarisi and Acentrogobious vanderloosi.
Two newly described Acentrogobius gobies

Acentrogobius vanderloosi. All photos credited to G.R. Allen.

The two new species are found on the muddy substrate of Alotau, a rarely dived location due to its low visibility and low diversity of animals (unlike the biodiverse muck habitats of Lembeh Strait, Philippines).  Both species are relatively small and range from 3 to 5 cm (1 to 2 inches). While the two species are well camouflaged against the sandy background and are not the most colorful gobies, both still possess subtle beauty, especially A.violarisi pictured below.

The gobies are described in the latest issue of Ocean Science Foundation.


Acentrogobius violarisi.  Smaller specimen above is likely a female, while the larger specimen below is likely a male.

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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