Myersina balteata is a new species of shrimp-associated tropical goby that was just described from specimens collected in the Solomon Islands. This new species has a very distinctive color pattern which is divided by a very pronounced black vertical line, leading to its common name of Belted Shrimp goby.
The Belted Shrimp goby belongs to a genus that we don’t usually see as much in the aquarium hobby. Most shrimp gobies that we’re familiar with are from the genus Cryptocentrus whose members are generally larger and more slender than Myersina gobies.
By contrast Myersina balteata is shorter and stockier, but what it lacks in overall size it makes up for with an elaborately adorned dorsal fin. The overall body coloration is a light gray overall, with a light cream colored belly, a single blue facial stripe, and of course that black midbody line. [JOSF]