Zebra Eviota, Eviota zebrina Lachner & Karnella 1978

Other Names: Five-bar Pygmy-goby, Zebra Dwarfgoby, Zebra Goby

A Zebra Eviota, Eviota zebrina, on Big Vicki's Reef, Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Source: Lyle Vail / Lizard Island Field Guide, http://lifg.australianmuseum.net.au/. License: CC BY Attribution

A translucent pygmy goby with a red internal stripe along the vertebral column, white dashes above the stripe, reddish internally on the abdomen with two rows of white spots along the side, short red bars across the back, white spots and dashes on head, a round dark spot on the middle of the caudal-fin base, and 3-4 dark wavy vertical lines on the caudal fin.

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Zebra Eviota, Eviota zebrina Lachner & Karnella 1978

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Monte Bello Islands, Western Australia, to Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea to One Tree Island, Queensland; also reefs in the Coral Sea and Lord Howe Island in the Tasman Sea. Elsewhere the species occurs in tropical Indo-west-central Pacific: Red Sea and Gulf of Aqaba, across the Indian Ocean to Indonesia; north to Taiwan, Japan, Marshall Islands, and Kiribati; east to New Caledonia, Fiji, Wallis and Futuna, Samoa, and Tonga; south Australia.
Often inhabits dead algal-covered reefs.


Dorsal fin VI + I,7-10; Anal fin I, 7-8.
Cephalic sensory-canal pore system lacking the IT pore only (pattern 2); all pectoral-fin rays unbranched; dorsal/anal-fin formula 8-9/7-8 (usually 9/8 in the Pacific); fifth pelvic-fin ray 5-10% of fourth ray.

Similar Species

The similar Hairfin Eviota, Eviota prasites, lacks black spot on the tail base, and has more red on the body.


The species is named zebrina (= zebra-like) in reference to the dark oblique bars on the caudal fin.

Species Citation

Eviota zebrina Lachner & Karnella 1978, Smithson. Contrib. Zool. 286: 15, figs 2b, 10-11. Type locality: Curieuse Island, Seychelles. 


Bray, D.J. 2021


Atlas of Living Australia

Zebra Eviota, Eviota zebrina Lachner & Karnella 1978


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

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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428137

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:1-33 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:2.5 cm SL

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