Herre's Eviota, Eviota herrei Jordan & Seale 1906

Other Names: Herre's Pygmy Goby

Herre's Eviota, Eviota herrei, from Palau. Source: Rick Winterbottom, Royal Ontario Museum, Dept. of Ichthyology and Herpetology. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

A relatively stout deep-bodied translucent greyish dwarfgoby with orange scale margins, six faint dark internal bars ventrally on body just above base of anal-fin to caudal peduncle, and close-set, irregular dusky brown spots on the cheek.

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Herre's Eviota, Eviota herrei Jordan & Seale 1906

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Offshore reefs on north Western Australia, and the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, and reefs in the Coral Sea. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, east-Indo-west-central Pacific: Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, east to Samoa, Tonga and Rapa, north to the Ryukyu Islands, Japan, and south to Australia


Dorsal Fin VI + I,8; Anal fin I,8; Pectoral fin 14-15; Longitudinal scale series 21-24.
Body depth 3.5-4.1 in SL; ninth to fourteenth pectoral-fin rays usually branched; scales ctenoid, absent from head, nape, chest and pectoral-fin base; pelvic fin separate, thin membrane joining bases; fourth pelvic ray with 4-7 branches. 


Williams et al. (2016) suggested that E. herrei may be restricted to Samoa.


The species is named for Mr W.C.T. Herre - Albert William Christian Theodore Herre, an American ichthyologist and lichenologist.

Species Citation

Eviota herrei Jordan & Seale 1906, Bulletin of the Bureau of Fisheries (U.S.) for 1905 25: 390, fig. 81. Type locality: Apia, Samoa. 


Bray, D.J. 2020


Atlas of Living Australia

Herre's Eviota, Eviota herrei Jordan & Seale 1906


Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth : Tropical Reef Research 3 vols, 1260 pp. 

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. & 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

Jordan, D.S. & Seale, A. 1906. The fishes of Samoa. Description of the species found in the Archipelago, with a provisional checklist of the fishes of Oceania. Bulletin of the Bureau of Fisheries (U.S.) for 1905 25: 173-455 figs 1-111 pls 33-53 See ref at BHL

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 https://doi.org/10.5479/si.00810282.315

Myers, R.F. 1999. Micronesian Reef Fishes. A comprehensive guide to the coral reef fishes of Micronesia. Guam : Coral Graphics vi 330 pp. 192 pls. 

Randall, J.E. 2005. Reef and shore fishes of the South Pacific. New Caledonia to Tahiti and the Pitcairn Islands. Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press 707 pp.

Williams, J.T., Greenfield, D. & Larson, H. 2016. Eviota herrei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T193011A2184299. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T193011A2184299.en. Downloaded on 11 July 2020.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428121

Conservation:IUCN Data Deficient

Depth:0-6 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:1.7 cm TL

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