Zoological Studies

Vol. 46 No. 6, 2007

Tomiyamichthys tanyspilus, a New Species of Gobiid Fish from Indonesia

John E. Randall1,* and I-Shiung Chen2

1Bishop Museum, 1525 Bernice St., Honolulu, HI 96817-2704, USA
2Institute of Marine Biology, National Taiwan Ocean University, Keelung 202, Taiwan

John E. Randall and I-Shiung Chen (2007) The gobiid fish Tomiyamichthys tanyspilus sp. nov., symbiotic in a burrow with an alpheid shrimp, is described from a male-female pair collected from silty sand in 4 m at Flores, Indonesia. It is characterized by the 2nd dorsal and anal rays I,12; pectoral rays 17 or 18; scales cycloid, 78-80 in the longitudinal series; no predorsal or prepectoral scales; no preopercular canal; a lanceolate caudal fin, longest in male, 48.6% standard length; body green dorsally in life with numerous blackish spots smaller than pupil, and a midlateral row of 5 large elongate black spots, the last on caudal-fin base followed by a blackish middle streak into fin. An explanation is given for regarding Flabelligobius Smith, 1956 as a junior synonym of Tomiyamichthys Smith, 1956.

Key words: Taxonomy, Shrimpgoby, Tomiyamichthys, New species, Indonesia.

*Correspondence: E-mail:jackr@hawaii.rr.com