Twospot Eviota, Eviota bimaculata Lachner & Karnella 1980

Other Names: Twin-occipital Dwarfgoby, Twospot Fringedfin Goby, Twospot Goby

A male Twospot Eviota, Eviota bimaculata, at Rockingham, Western Australia, May 2022. Source: henrycarrick / License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A small cryptic goby with two large black spots behind each eye, many smaller reddish spots on the head and body below the first dorsal fin, several short narrow vertical black marks along the midside, narrow pale bars along the back, five or six faint internal vertical bars along the anal-fin base, and a small black spot below skin on middle of caudal peduncle. The pelvic fins are separate, with fringe-like rays, and males have an elongate first dorsal-fin spine.

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Twospot Eviota, Eviota bimaculata Lachner & Karnella 1980

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Ceduna, South Australia, to North West Cape, Western Australia. Inhabits coastal rocky and coral reefs. Although somewhat common, this species is rarely seen due to its small size and cryptic behaviour.


Dorsal fin VI + I, 9; Anal fin I, 8; Caudal fin (segmented rays) 19; Pectoral fin 16-17; Pelvic fin I, 4-5.
Head and body compressed; interorbital narrow, much less than eye diameter; mouth oblique, small, rear end of jaws under middle of eyes; sensory pore by each posterior nostril, two median pores between eyes and two pores behind each eye; two pores on posterior preopercular margins; gill openings restricted to pectoral fin bases; tongue tip pointed. 
Head naked; body covered with ctenoid scales, in 24-26 vertical rows; pectoral fin bases and area before ventral fins without scales. 
Two dorsal fins, first dorsal with rounded margin, males with filamentous first spine, first dorsal originating just behind ventral fin insertion; second dorsal origin just behind first dorsal fin; anal fin origin below and just behind second dorsal origin; caudal fin with rounded margin. Pectoral fins large, diamond shaped. Pelvic fins separate, origins below pectoral fin insertions, soft rays fringe-like, innerconnected only at bases of rays, fifth ray in each fin very short or absent.


Translucent in life; two large black spots behind each eye; numerous smaller black spots on head and anteriorly on body below first dorsal fin; several short thin vertical black marks on each side of body; body with five or six faint vertical bars below skin along second dorsal base and base of anal fin, and ventrally on caudal peduncle; small black spot below skin on midside just before caudal fin; first dorsal fin dark.grey to black; second dorsal and anal fins with scattered small black spots; anal fin grey to black; pectoral and pelvic fins clear to white.


The specific name bimaculata is from the Latin bi- (= two) and maculata (=spotted) in reference to the pair of prominent dark occipital spots, one on each side of the head.

Species Citation

Eviota bimaculata Lachner & Karnella 1980, Smithson. Contrib. Zool. 315: 91, figs 50-52. Type locality: Rottnest Island, Western Australia.


Bray, D.J. 2022


Atlas of Living Australia

Twospot Eviota, Eviota bimaculata Lachner & Karnella 1980


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CAAB Code:37428117

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:1-10 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:2.5 cm TL


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