Afele's Eviota, Eviota afelei Jordan & Seale 1906

Other Names: Afele's Pygmy Goby, Afele’s Dwarfgoby, Afele's Fringefin Goby

Afele's Eviota, Eviota afelei, in Fiji. Source: John E. Randall / FishBase. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A tiny translucent greyish to greenish goby with irregular internal orange-brown bars along the sides, a dark vertical line on each scale, a pale greyish head with vertically elongate orange-brown spots, three dark spots on body along anal-fin base, and a dark spinous dorsal fin (the central portion may be pale in females).

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Afele's Eviota, Eviota afelei Jordan & Seale 1906

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Offshore reefs of NW Western Australia, Ashmore Reef in the Timor Sea, and the northern Great Barrier Reef, and reefs in the Coral Sea, to at least Broughton Island, New South Wales. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, east-Indo-west-central Pacific - from the Tuamotu Archipelago westward to the islands of Oceania and the Timor Sea, Great Barrier Reef, and New Caledonia to the south, and Ryukyu Islands, Japan to the north.
Inhabits shallow reef areas including exposed reef flats.


Dorsal fin VI + I, 8-9; Anal fin I, 6-8; pectoral fin 15-18, 11th-15th rays usually branched. 
Cephalic sensory-canal pore system lacking only the IT pore (pattern 2); pectoral-fin rays branched; fifth pelvic-fin ray small or rudimentary (about 10% of 4th pelvic ray).


Caudal fin with rows of small dark spots set close together on rays, membranes dark; small dark spot present over preural centrum associated with last subcutaneous bar may be present; scale edges not dark.


The species is named afelei in honour of the Samoan boy, Afele, who collected type specimen from coral heads in Pago Pago, Samoa.

Species Citation

Eviota afelei Jordan & Seale 1906, Bull. Bur. Fish. (U.S.) for 1905 25: 387, fig. 77. Type locality: Pago Pago, Samoa. 


Bray, D.J. 2020


Atlas of Living Australia

Afele's Eviota, Eviota afelei Jordan & Seale 1906


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Jordan, D.S. & Seale, A. 1906. The fishes of Samoa. Description of the species found in the Archipelago, with a provisional checklist of the fishes of Oceania. Bulletin of the Bureau of Fisheries (U.S.) for 1905 25: 173-455 figs 1-111 pls 33-53
See ref at BHL

Kuiter, R.H. 1993. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 437 pp.

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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428114

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:0-5 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:2.3 cm TL

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