Golden pygmy goby, Lubricogobius exiguus

Golden pygmy gobies require a hard surface on which to lay their eggs. In the sandy areas they inhabit, this would ordinarily be a rock, disused shell or even a leaf. Sadly, trawling of these habitats leads to a barren, featureless landscape resulting in no other option than to live among the trash of nearby human habitation.

Lembeh Strait, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Nikon D800, Nikkor 105mm macro, 1/125, f/11, ISO 100, twin INON Z240 strobes, handheld, Subal underwater housing

by Richard Smith, United Kingdom