Terry’s Dwarfgoby, Eviota teresae Greenfield & Randall 2016

Other Names: Spotted Dwarfgoby, Spotted Fringefin Goby, Spotted Pygmy Goby, Spotted Pygmygoby, , Whitelined Eviota, Whitestriped Pygmygoby

Terry's Pygmygoby, Eviota teresae, 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 covered in fine spots or speckles, with a whitish abdomen overlain with three large reddish blotches, smaller blotches along the lower side, alternating red and white dashes internally along the vertebral column, and fine white bars along the back.
This species has been confused with Eviota albolineata and E. guttata.

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Bray, D.J. 2022, Eviota teresae in Fishes of Australia, accessed 02 Dec 2022, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/1342

Terry’s Dwarfgoby, Eviota teresae Greenfield & Randall 2016

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Ningaloo Reef and offshore reefs of north Western Australia, Ashmore and Cartier reef sin the Timor Sea, and the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, to south of Bateman's Bay, New South Wales; possibly also the Lord Howe Province in the Tasman Sea. Elsewhere, the species occurs in the tropical, Indo-west-central Pacific.
Inhabits shallow reefs with mixed algal and coral growth to a depth of about 15 m. Individuals usually prop on the reef, darting into crevices when threatened. 


In Australia, this species has been confused with Eviota albolineata and E. guttata. Greenfield and Winterbottom (2016) suggested that E. teresae was endemic to Fiji, E. albolineata endemic to the Central Pacific, and E. guttata endemic to the Western Indian Ocean - and referred to the other Pacific populations as E. cf. teresae. Greenfield (2017) subsequently accepted that E. teresae occurred in the entire Western Pacific.


The species is named teresae in honour of Teresa Arámbula Greenfield who assisted in collecting the type material and has provided field, editorial, and moral support to the first author for many years.

Species Citation

Eviota teresae Greenfield & Randall 2016, Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation 20: 63, Figs. 23, 82-86. Type locality: Rabi Island, N.W. shore, Fiji, 16°26.701'S, 179°56.261'W, depth 0.5-1.8 m.


Bray, D.J. 2022


Atlas of Living Australia

Terry’s Dwarfgoby, Eviota teresae Greenfield & Randall 2016


Allen, G.R., Hoese, D.F., Paxton, J.R., Randall, J.E., Russell, B.C., Starck, W.A., Talbot, F.H. & Whitley, G.P. 1976. Annotated checklist of the fishes of Lord Howe Island. Records of the Australian Museum 30(15): 365-454 figs 1-2 (as Eviota sp. 4)

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)

Greenfield, D.W. 2017. An overview of the dwarfgobies, the second most speciose coral-reef fish genus (Teleostei: Gobiidae: Eviota). Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation 29: 32-54. http://dx.doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1115683 

Greenfield, D.W. & Randall, J.E. 2010. Four new gobiid fishes of the genus Eviota from the Western Pacific, with clarification of Eviota guttata and Eviota albolineata (Teleostei: Goblidae). Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 61(3): 269-289.

Greenfield, D.W. & Winterbottom, R.  2016. A key to the dwarfgoby species (Teleostei: Gobiidae: Eviota) described between 1871 and 2016. Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation 24: 35-90 http://dx.doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.219620 (Australian material as Eviota cf teresae)

Hoese, D.F. 2017. Eviota guttata in The Australian Faunal Directory: Pisces, accessed 11 July 2020 https://biodiversity.org.au/afd/taxa/Eviota_guttata (tentatively as Eviota guttata

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 (restricted Eviota guttata to the Red Sea and Gulf of Oman) See ref at BHL 

Johnson, J.W. 2010. Fishes of the Moreton Bay Marine Park and adjacent continental shelf waters, Queensland, Australia. pp. 299-353 in Davie, P.J.F. & Phillips, J.A. Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Marine Biological Workshop, The Marine Fauna and Flora of Moreton Bay. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 54(3) (as Eviota guttata)

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428115

Depth:1-15 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:3.2 cm TL

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