Barred Eviota, Eviota fasciola Karnella & Lachner 1981

Other Names: Barred Dwarfgoby, Barred Pygmy Goby, Grubby Pygmy-goby

A Barred Eviota, Eviota fasciola, in Japan. Source: J. Nakamoto / Fig. 30 in Greenfield & Randall (2016) Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation 20. License: CC BY Attribution

A semi-transparent grey to greenish pygmy goby with prominent dusky orange bars on the upper sides, and a large vertically elongate dark orange-brown marking covering the pectoral-fin base.

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Barred Eviota, Eviota fasciola Karnella & Lachner 1981

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Occurs on the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, and reefs in the Coral Sea. The species occurs elsewhere in western-central Pacific - Japan (Ryukyu Islands), Papua New Guinea (Trobriand Islands), New Caledonia, Fiji, Tonga, and throughout Micronesia to Kiribati. 
Inhabits exposed areas on inshore reefs, including reef flats and along wave-swept reef margins.


Pectoral-fin base with large dark orange-brown kidney-shaped to semicircular mark that is darker than trunk bars; head (dorsally) and nape with dark transverse bars, usually complete over dorsal midline, occasionally one or more bars broken up into spots laterally, some with spots or bars darker laterally than dorsally; trunk with prominent, dusky orange, discrete vertical bars, descending to ventral portion of body and continuous over midline; scale pockets on trunk unpigmented.


The specifes is named fasciola in reference to the bands on the trunk.

Species Citation

Eviota fasciola Karnella & Lachner 1981, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 94(1): 268, figs 2-3. Type locality: One Tree Island, QLD. 


Bray, D.J. 2016


Australian Faunal Directory

Barred Eviota, Eviota fasciola Karnella & Lachner 1981


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Gill, A.C. & Jewett, S.L. 2004. Eviota hoesei and E. readerae, new species of fish from the southwest Pacific, with comments on the identity of E. corneliae Fricke (Perciformes: Gobiidae). Records of the Australian Museum 56: 235-240. PDF

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Greenfield, D.W. & Randall, J.E. 2016. A review of the dwarfgobies of Fiji, including descriptions of five new species (Teleostei: Gobiidae: Eviota). Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation 20: 25-75. PDF Open access

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. doi: Open access 

Karnella, S.J. & Lachner, E.A. 1981. Three new species of the Eviota epiphanes group having vertical trunk bars (Pisces : Gobiidae). Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 94(1): 264-275 figs 1-6.

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Russell, B.C. 1983. Annotated checklist of the coral reef fishes in the Capricorn-Bunker group, Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Special Publication Series 1: 1-184 figs 1-2

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428120

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:0-15 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:2.5 cm SL

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