Hairfin Eviota, Eviota prasites Jordan & Seale 1906

Other Names: Hairfin Pygmy Goby, Hair-fin Pygmy-goby, Prasites Pygmy Goby, Red And White-spotted Pygmygoby

A Hairfin Eviota, Eviota prasites, on the Great Barier Reef east of Cape Tribulation, Queensland, November 2006. Source: Erik Schlogl / License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A small translucent pygmy goby with a red internal body stripe bordered above by white dashes, and below with two rows of broken white stripes on the lower forebody, white stripes on the head, and short red dashes across the back.

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Bray, D.J. 2018, Eviota prasites in Fishes of Australia, accessed 02 Dec 2022,

Hairfin Eviota, Eviota prasites Jordan & Seale 1906

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Offshore reefs of Western Australia, to Coral Bay, Northern Territory, and the northern Great Barrier Reef to Lady Musgrave Reef, Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, east-Indo-west-central Pacific - Japan (Ryukyu Islands), Micronesia (Yap, Guam, and Kiribati [Abaiang Atoll]), Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia (Moluccas), south to Australia (Great Barrier Reef), east through Melanesia to Samoa and French Polynesia (Gambier).
Found on a variety of reef habitats - commonly on rubble in lagoon reefs.

Species Citation

Eviota prasites Jordan & Seale 1906, Bull. Bur. Fish. (U.S.) 1905 25: 387, fig. 76. Type locality: Pago Pago, Samoa.


Bray, D.J. 2018


Australian Faunal Directory

Hairfin Eviota, Eviota prasites Jordan & Seale 1906


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428130

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:1-30 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:3.5 cm TL

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