Whitelined Eviota, Eviota guttata Lachner & Karnella 1978

Other Names: Spotted Dwarfgoby, Spotted Fringefin Goby, Spotted Pygmy Goby

A Whitelined Eviota, Eviota guttata, at North Solitary Island, New South Wales, 3 January 2014, depth 12 m. Source: Ian V. Shaw. License: CC BY Attribution

A semi-transparent pygmygoby with three large reddish blotches on the abdomen separated by white bars, alternating red and white dashes internally along the vertebral column, and fine red and white speckles on the body.

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Whitelined Eviota, Eviota guttata Lachner & Karnella 1978

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Scott Reef, Western Australia, to Cartier Reef, Timor Sea, and the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, to Sydney, New South Wales; also Lord Howe Island, Tasman Sea. Elsewhere, the species occurs in the tropical, Indo-west-central Pacific.
Inhabits shallow reefs with mixed algae and corals to about 15 m - usually props on the reef, and darts into crevices when threatened. 


Eviota albolineata and E. rubrisparsa have previously been confused with this species. E. albolineata is restricted to central Oceania, while E. rubrisparsa is only known in the Australian EEZ from Christmas Island. 

Species Citation

Eviota guttata Lachner & Karnella 1978, Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 286:  9, figs 2a, 3b, 5. Type locality: Massawa, Eritrea, Red Sea.


Bray, D.J. 2018


Australian Faunal Directory

Whitelined Eviota, Eviota guttata Lachner & Karnella 1978


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Francis, M. 1993. Checklist of the coastal fishes of Lord Howe, Norfolk, and Kermadec Islands, southwest Pacific Ocean. Pacific Science 47(2): 136-170 figs 1-2 (as Eviota albolineata)

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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428115

Depth:1-15 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:3.2 cm TL

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