A new freshwater goby that gives any reef fish a run for its money


Rhinogobius maxillivirgatus sp. nov. Looks like a tiny sleeper goby, doesn’t it?

This new goby species inhabits a shallow, slow-flowing brook of the upper Changjiang River atop cobble substrate (male adult shown at type locality in the photo above).  This is a very small species that grows to approximately 30mm (1.1 inch) in length.  Like many tiny reef gobies, this freshwater species packs a lot of power into its diminutive frame.

Rhinogobius maxillivirgatus is described in Zootaxa.

Need more proof that freshwater gobies can rival saltwater gobies?  Here’s Stiphodon anniaeae (Photo: R. Hadiaty):

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