Distigma Eviota, Eviota distigma Jordan & Seale 1906

Other Names: Twospot Pygmy Goby

A Distigma Eviota, Eviota distigma, from Mururoa Atoll, Tuamotu Archipelago, French Polynesia - USNM 408173. Source: Jeffrey T. Williams / Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

A tiny goby with yellowish-cream upper sides, a dark greyish to black or dark reddish band along lower body ending in an intense semi-circle on caudal-fin base, and small black dots on pectoral-fin base. 
Previously recorded in Australia as Eviota nigriventris.

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Distigma Eviota, Eviota distigma Jordan & Seale 1906

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Recorded in Australia from Clerke Reef to Scott Reef, Western Australia, and from Tijou Reef to Escape Reef, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Found elsewhere in the tropical east-Indo-west Pacific.
Inhabits sheltered coral reefs, forming groups among branches of Acropora coral, in  depths of 2-31 m


Meristic features: Dorsal fin VII, 9-10; Anal fin I, 8-9; Longitudinal scale series 23-24.
Sensory pore system lacking the PITO and IT pores and the AITO pore enlarged; pectoral-fin rays simple; spinous dorsal-fin elongate or filamentous in both sexes; genital papilla nonfimbriate; ctenoid scales except cycloid on breast, none on head, nape and pectoral fin base; separated pelvic fins, bases joins by thin membrane; well developed fifth pelvic ray; depth of body 3.5-5.1 in SL.


Species Citation

Eviota dorsogilva Greenfield & Randall, 2011, Zootaxa 2997: 56, figs 5–9, 11–15, 20. Type locality: north shore, reef east of Nananui-i-Cake reef, Viti Levu, Fiji [17.3334°S, 178°2729°E].


Dianne J. Bray

Distigma Eviota, Eviota distigma Jordan & Seale 1906


Greenfield, D.W. & Randall, J.E. 2011. Two new Indo-Pacific species in the Eviota nigriventris complex (Teleostei: Gobiidae). Zootaxa 2997: 54-66.

Greenfield, D.W. & Tornabene, L. 2014. Eviota brahmi n. sp. From Papua New Guinea, with redescription of Eviota nigriventris (Teleostei: Gobiidae). Zootaxa 3793(1):133-146.

Hoese, D.F. & Larson, H.K. 2006. Family Gobiidae. pp. 1612-1697 in Beesley, P.L. & Wells, A. (eds). Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35 Australia : ABRS & CSIRO Publishing Parts 1-3, 2178 pp. (as Eviota nigriventris)

Kuiter, R.H. 1992. Tropical Reef-Fishes of the Western Pacific, Indonesia and Adjacent Waters. Jakarta : PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama 314 pp. pls. (as Eviota nigriventris)

Lachner, E.A. & Karnella, S.J. 1980. Fishes of the Indo-Pacific genus Eviota with descriptions of eight new species (Teleostei : Gobiidae). Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 315: 1-127 figs 1-66. (as Eviota nigriventris in part)

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1990. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 507 pp. figs. (as Eviota nigriventris)

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 557 pp. figs. (as Eviota nigriventris)

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CAAB Code:37428119

Depth:2-31 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:1.3 cm SL

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