Sally's Eviota, Eviota readerae Gill & Jewett 2004

Other Names: Sallys Eviota

Female holotype (top) and male paratype of Sally's Eviota, Eviota readerae. from Middleton and Elizabeth reefs in the Tasman Sea. Source: Figs.3 & 4 in Gill & Jewett (2004) Records of the Australian Museum 56. License: All rights reserved

A pygmy goby with a large black spot on the pectoral-fin base, and 12-13 distinct reddish bars or saddles on the body (less distinct in females).

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Sally's Eviota, Eviota readerae Gill & Jewett 2004

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Endemic to the Lord Howe Island region in the Tasman Sea. Inhabits tide pools, lagoon patch reefs and reef slopes at depths ranging from about 0.3 to at least 30 m.


Dorsal fin VI + I,9; Anal fin I,8; at least some pectoral-fin rays branched; fifth segmented pelvic-fin ray lacking; cephalic sensory-pore system pattern 1; male genital papilla nonfimbriate; 12–13 dark bars or saddles on trunk from origin of spinous dorsal fin to mid peduncular spot, not extending below midline (except in small juveniles); and pectoral-fin base with prominent circular dark spot dorsally (only occasionally with additional small diffuse spot ventrally) (Gill & Jewett 2004).


The species is named for Sally E. Reader, who assisted the first author with the collection of most of the type specimens, and kindly arranged the loan of specimens for this study.

Species Citation

Eviota readerae Gill & Jewett 2004, Rec. Aust. Mus. 56: .238, figs 3-4. Type locality: Middleton Reef, NSW [29°28.8'S, 159°07.5'E]. 


Bray, D.J. 2017


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Sally's Eviota, Eviota readerae Gill & Jewett 2004


Gill, A.C. & Jewett, S.L. 2004. Eviota hoesei and E. readerae, new species of fish from the southwest Pacific, with comments on the identity of E. corneliae Fricke (Perciformes: Gobiidae). Records of the Australian Museum 56: 235-240 PDF available Open access

Gill, A.C. & Reader, S.E. 1992. Fishes. pp. 90-93, 193-228 in Hutchings, P. (ed.) Reef Biology. A Survey of Elizabeth and Middleton Reefs, South Pacific. Canberra : Australian National Parks Vol. 3, Kowari 230 pp.

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. doi:  PDF available Open access

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CAAB Code:37428389

Depth:0.3–30 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:2 cm TL


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