Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Gobiidae
(Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: Trimma: Greek, trimma, -atos = something crushed (Ref. 45335); tevegae: Named for the American research vessel 'Te Vega', a converted luxury yacht, operated at the
time the type specimens were collected in 1965 by Stanford University's Hopkins Marine Station.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated, usually 10 - 40 m (Ref. 27115). Tropical; 22°C - 26°C (Ref. 27115); 33°N - 18°S
Western Pacific: from north-east Borneo and the northern Philippines southward to the Solomon Islands; apparently absent from Australian, Palauan and Japanese waters, but probably more widely distributed in Indonesia than currently documented.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 4.5 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9710)
soft rays: 8 - 9. Characterized by golden brown body color; white on lower head and ventral body; presence of lavender or bluish lateral stripe from upper eye to middle of caudal peduncle; caudal fin base with large dark blotch; elongate and filamentous second dorsal spine; all pectoral rays unbranched; fifth pelvic ray unbranched; longitudinal scale series 25-26; predorsal scales about 12; cheek and opercle without scales; depth of body about 4.0-4.4 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Inhabits coastal to outer reefs, typically in small groups in caves (Ref. 48637). Forms loose aggregations associated with shallow pockets and caves of steep drop-offs. Hovers in a head-up position (often vertical, posture in the water column) and feeds on copepods (Ref. 1602, 58123).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Winterbottom, R., 2016. Trimma tevegae and T. caudomaculatum revisited and redescribed (Acanthopterygii, Gobiidae), with descriptions of three new similar species from the western Pacific. Zootaxa 4144(1):001-053. (Ref. 109919)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
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Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 26.2 - 28.9, mean 27.9 (based on 464 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00891 (0.00427 - 0.01860), b=3.08 (2.91 - 3.25), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.0 ±0.00 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .