Twostripe Eviota, Eviota bifasciata Lachner & Karnella 1980

Other Names: Doublebar Goby, Striped Pygmy Goby, Striped Pygmy-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 stripes separated by a broad white midlateral stripe, a short white stripe on the mid-snout, and a black blotch on the lower part of the tail base. 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, in reference to the upper and lower dark 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. 2019


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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