Wednesday, April 17, 2024

New Fish Species Found On Australia’s Great Barrier Reef


Scientists have discovered a new denizen living in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

The Lady Elliot Shrimp Goby (“Tomiyamichthys elliotensis”) was found near Lady Elliott Island, along the southernmost coral cay of the reef.

University of the Sunshine Coast marine biologist Chris Dudgeon, one of the researchers working on a reef mapping project that found the new Goby, told it was “a significant, exciting discovery.”

“It’s been a while since a ‘never recorded anywhere before’ fish has been described from the Great Barrier Reef.”

Dr. Mark Erdmann, who co-authored the paper identifying the new fish, said:

“I’m delighted that the biodiversity research being conducted as part of the Leaf to Reef project is highlighting these ‘cryptobenthic’ species like the gobies, which besides comprising a significant proportion of the reef fish biodiversity on the Great Barrier Reef, are also vitally important as a significant source of food to larger reef fishes including wrasses, groupers and emperors.”

Check out the paper describing the discovery here.

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.