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Pandaka pygmaea

(Dwarf pygmy goby)


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Family : Gobies ; This is one of the smallest freshwater fishes : males are mature at 9 mm, females at 15 mm. The species used to frequent shady river banks in the Malabon River, Rizal Province , Luzon, Philippines; however, the type locality has been reclaimed and the remaining waters in the area are heavily poluted; the species is considered extinct in the Philippines (Rainer Froese, pers. comm. , 2004). It has been apparently imported into Germany in 1958; a color photo of the fish was taken in an aquarium [1]. Found in brackish waters and mangrove areas of Indonesia (M. Kottelat, pers. comm. ).

Critically Endangered

Threat status

Common Names

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Common Names in Danish:

Pygm, Pygmækutling

Common Names in English:

dwarf pigmygoby, Dwarf pygmy goby

Common Names in Finnish:


Common Names in German:


Common Names in Mandarin Chinese:

矮鰕虎魚, 矮鰕虎鱼

Common Names in Swedish:


Common Names in Tagalog:



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Ecology: Found in brackish waters and mangrove areas, usually in areas with soft muddy bottom and around aquatic plants . Is reputed to be one of the smallest fish in the world (about 1 to 1.5 cm in length ). [2].

List of Habitats :


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Pandaka pygmaea Herre, 1927


Name Status: Accepted Name .

Last scrutiny: Data last modified by FishBase 12-Feb-1994

Similar Species

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Members of the genus Pandaka

ZipcodeZoo has pages for 2 species and subspecies in this genus:

P. pygmaea (Dwarf Pygmy Goby) · P. silvana (Knysna Dwarfgoby)

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Further Reading

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Data Sources

Accessed through GBIF Data Portal March 01, 2008:



  1. Baensch, H.A. and R. Riehl (1985). Aquarien atlas. Band 2. Mergus, Verlag für Natur- und Heimtierkunde GmbH, Melle, Germany. 1216 p. [back]
  2. World Conservation Monitoring Centre 1996. Pandaka pygmaea. In: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.2. <>. Downloaded on 03 February 2012. [back]
Last Revised: 2015-01-30