Sign Eviota, Eviota sigillata Jewett & Lachner 1983

Other Names: Seven-figure Pygmy Goby

A Sign Eviota, Eviota sigillata, at Komodo, Indonesia, August 2015. Source: Mark Rosenstein / License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

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Sign Eviota, Eviota sigillata Jewett & Lachner 1983

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Scott Reef, Western Australia, Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea, and the Great Barrier Reef, Queesland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the Indo-west-central Pacific, from the Seychelles to Indonesia, north to Japan (Ogasawara Islands), east to Micronesia and Melanesia to Wallis and Futuna (a similar species occurs in Fiji and Tonga).


The species is very short-lived, holding the record for the shortest vertebrate lifespan. While females have a maximum age of only 59 days in the wild, they can produce 7.4 generations in that time (Goatley & Brandl 2017).

Species Citation

Eviota sigillata Jewett & Lachner 1983, Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash. 96(4): 799, fig. 10. Type locality: St. Brandon Shoals, Indian Ocean. 


Bray, D.J. 2017


Australian Faunal Directory

Sign Eviota, Eviota sigillata Jewett & Lachner 1983


Allen, G.R. 1993. Fishes of Ashmore Reef and Cartier Island. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 44: 67-91 

Goatley, C.H.R. & Brandl, S.J. 2017. Cryptobenthic reef fishes. Current Biology 27(11): R452–R454 DOI:
Jewett, S.L. & Lachner, E.A. 1983. Seven new species of the Indo-Pacific genus Eviota (Pisces : Gobiidae). Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 96(4): 780-806 figs 1-13 

Larson, H.K., Williams, R.S. & Hammer, M.P. 2013. An annotated checklist of the fishes of the Northern Territory, Australia. Zootaxa 3696(1): 1-293 

Myers, R.F. 1989. Micronesian Reef Fishes. Guam : Coral Graphics 298 pp. 

Myers, R.F. 1999. Micronesian Reef Fishes. A comprehensive guide to the coral reef fishes of Micronesia. Guam : Coral Graphics vi 330 pp. 192 pls.

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CAAB Code:37428133

Habitat:Reef associated

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