Doug's Eviota, Eviota hoesei Gill & Jewett 2004

Other Names: Dougs Eviota, Hoese’s Dwarfgoby

Doug's Eviota, Eviota hoesei, at Lord Howe Island, 26 February 2012. Source: Ian V. Shaw / License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

A tiny green, reddish or brown dwarfgoby with two diffuse to prominent dark spots on the pectoral-fin base, a large black spot on the caudal peduncle, 6 irregular internal pale bars or spots along the lower side behind the anal fin, and fine pale lines across the back.

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Bray, D.J. 2020, Eviota hoesei in Fishes of Australia, accessed 23 Sep 2023,

Doug's Eviota, Eviota hoesei Gill & Jewett 2004

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Lord Howe Island, and Middleton and Elizabeth Reefs, and Norfolk Island in the Tasman Sea. Elsewhere the species occurs in New Caledonia. Inhabits tidepools, lagoons and reef slopes in depths to 25 m.


Dorsal fin usually VI + I,9; Anal fin usually I,8.
Some pectoral-fin rays branched; cephalic sensory-pore system pattern 2; fifth segmented pelvic-fin ray present, usually about 1/10 length of fourth ray.


The species is named for Douglass F. Hoese, in recognition of his important contributions to the systematics of gobioid fishes.

Species Citation

Eviota hoesei Gill & Jewett 2004, Rec. Aust. Mus. 56(2): 236, figs 1-2. Type locality: South lagoon reef crest, 31°32'S, 159°04'E, Lord Howe Island, depth 2-3 m. 


Bray, D.J. 2020


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Doug's Eviota, Eviota hoesei Gill & Jewett 2004


Allen, G.R., Hoese, D.F., Paxton, J.R., Randall, J.E., Russell, B.C., Starck, W.A., Talbot, F.H. & Whitley, G.P. 1976. Annotated checklist of the fishes of Lord Howe Island. Records of the Australian Museum 30(15): 365-454 figs 1-2 (as Eviota cf. afelei)

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(2): 235-240. DOI: 10.3853/j.0067-1975.56.2004.1427

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. (as Eviota sp. C)

Greenfield, D.W. 2017. An overview of the dwarfgobies, the second most speciose coral-reef fish genus (Teleostei: Gobiidae: Eviota). Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation 29: 32-54.

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.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428388

Depth:0-25 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:2.6 cm TL

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