Queensland Eviota, Eviota queenslandica Whitley 1932

Other Names: Queensland Pygmy Goby, Queensland Pygmygoby

A Queensland Eviota, Eviota queenslandica, at the Oyster Stacks, Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia, November 2018. Source: Glen Whisson / iNaturalist.org. License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial

A semi-translucent grey or greenish pygmygoby with intense dark spots on the head, narrow brown to reddish scale margins, about six internal brown bars, a pair of dark brown spots on the pectoral-fin base, and a small, poorly defined dark spot on the caudal peduncle.

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Bray, D.J. 2021, Eviota queenslandica in Fishes of Australia, accessed 30 Nov 2022, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/1358

Queensland Eviota, Eviota queenslandica Whitley 1932

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Ningalooo Reef, Western Australia, and  Ashmore Reef in the Timor Sea, around the tropical north to One Tree Island, Queensland. The Queensland Eviota may also occur in the Lord Howe Province, however, due to its similarity to Eviota hoesei, the records need confirmation. Elsewhere the species occurs in the East-Indo-west Pacific: Andaman Sea and Indonesia east to Philippines, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu, north to southern Japan, south to Australia. 
Inhabits rubble and algal-covered reef patches.


Dorsal fin VII, 8-10; Anal fin I, 7-9; Longitudinal scale series 23-25.
Body depth 4.1-5.0 in SL, scales ctenoid, absent on head, nape, breast and pectoral fin base; pelvic fins separated with a thin membrane joining bases.


The species is named for the type locality, Queensland.

Species Citation

Eviota viridis queenslandica Whitley, 1932, Fishes. Sci. Repts Great Barrier Reef Exped. 1928-1929 4(9): 301. Type locality: Batt Reef near Low Islands, Queensland.


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Atlas of Living Australia

Queensland Eviota, Eviota queenslandica Whitley 1932


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428131

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:1-13 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:3 cm TL

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