Twostripe Eviota, Eviota bifasciata Lachner & Karnella 1980

Other Names: Doublebar Goby, Striped Pygmy Goby, Striped Pygmy-goby, Twostripe Dwarf Goby, Twostripe Dwarfgoby, Twostripe Pygmy Goby

A Twostripe Eviota, Eviota bifasciata, on the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Source: Graham Edgar / Reef Life Survey. License: CC by Attribution

A semi-transparent pygmygoby with two reddish to maroon stripes ending in black streaks on the upper and lower parts of the tail base (the upper streak may be indistinct), separated by a broad white midlateral stripe, and a short white stripe on the middle of the snout. Groups hover above branching and tabular corals.

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Twostripe Eviota, Eviota bifasciata Lachner & Karnella 1980

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Great Barrier Reef and reefs in the Coral Sea, Queensland. Elsewhere, the species occurs in the west Pacific - Japan (Yaeyama Islands), Palau, Philippines, and Indonesia; east to Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and New Caledonia; south to Australia. 
Inhabits clear coastal and sheltered outer reefs. Hovers in groups above branching or tabular corals, feeding on plankton.


Dorsal fin VI + I,8-9; Anal fin I, 8-10; Pectoral fin 14-16, rays all unbranched; Longitudinal scale series 22.
Body depth 4.3-5.0 in SL; scales ctenoid, absent from head, nape and pectoral-fin base; pelvic fins separate, with a thin membrane joining bases; fourth pelvic-fin ray with 2-5 branches.


Groups hover above branching and plate corals to feed on zooplankton in the water column.


The specific name bifasciata is from Latin bi- (= two) and fasciata (= banded), in reference to the dark upper and lower streaks on the caudal peduncle and caudal fin.

Species Citation

Eviota bifasciata Lachner & Karnella 1980, Smithson. Contrib. Zool. 315: 108, figs 62-64. Type locality: Bararin Island, Palawan Province, Philippines. 


Bray, D.J. 2020


Atlas of Living Australia

Twostripe Eviota, Eviota bifasciata Lachner & Karnella 1980


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428116

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:0-15 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:3 cm TL

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