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Trypauchen spp.
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Gobiiformes
Family: Oxudercidae
Subfamily: Amblyopinae
Genus: Trypauchen
Valenciennes, 1837
Type species
Gobius vagina
Bloch & J. G. Schneider, 1801

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Trypauchen is a genus of burrowing gobies native to the Indo-Pacific region. It is classified under the subfamily Amblyopinae of the family Gobiidae. The name is derived from Ancient Greek τρύπα (trupa, "hole") and αυχενος (aukhenos, "neck"), referring to the distinctive opercular pouches of the members of the genus. [1]


There are currently two recognized species in this genus: [2]

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  1. Edward O. Murdy (2006). "A revision of the gobiid fish genus Trypauchen (Gobiidae: Amblyopinae)" (PDF). Zootaxa. 1343: 55–68.
  2. Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). Species of Trypauchen in FishBase . June 2013 version.