Greenbanded Eviota, Eviota zonura Jordan & Seale 1906

Other Names: Zoned Dwarfgoby, Zoned Pygmy Goby

A Greenbanded Eviota, Eviota zonura, at Ataoru, Indonesia. Source: John E. Randall / FishBase. License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial

A greenish dwarfgoby with five dark internal spots or bars along the anal-fin base and lower part of the caudal peduncle, a large distinct dark caudal-peduncle spot (usually larger than pupil) centred just above the midline of the caudal peduncle. The Greenbanded Eviota may also have two indistinct dark spots on the pectoral-fin base.

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Greenbanded Eviota, Eviota zonura Jordan & Seale 1906

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Hibernia Reef, Western Australia, to Ashmore Reef in the Timor Sea, and possibly eastern Australia. Most records from eastern Australia and Lord Howe Island are based on Eviota prasina and E. variola. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, east-Indo-west-central Pacific.
Inhabits areas with coral, algal covered rocks and rubble.


Dorsal fin V-VI + I,8-10; Anal fin I,7-8. Pectoral-fin rays branched; urogenital papilla fimbriate; fifth pelvic-fin ray rudimentary or absent.


The specific name zonura is from the Greek zona (= belt, girdle) and oura (= tailed) presumably in reference to the  'blackish bar before base of caudal'.

Species Citation

Eviota zonura Jordan & Seale 1906, Bull. Bur. Fish. (U.S.) 1905 25: 386, fig. 75. Type locality: Pago Pago, American Samoa. 


Bray, D.J. 2020


Atlas of Living Australia

Greenbanded Eviota, Eviota zonura Jordan & Seale 1906


Allen, G.R. 1993. Fishes of Ashmore Reef and Cartier Island. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 44: 67-91 

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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

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CAAB Code:37428138

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:2-17 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:2.6 cm TL

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