Doug's Eviota, Eviota hoesei Gill & Jewett 2004

Other Names: Dougs Eviota

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 pygmygoby with two diffuse to prominent dark spots on the pectoral-fin base, a large black spot on the tail base, 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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Dianne J. Bray, Eviota hoesei in Fishes of Australia, accessed 07 Apr 2020,

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. 


Dianne J. Bray


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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)

Francis, M. 1993. Checklist of the coastal fishes of Lord Howe, Norfolk, and Kermadec Islands, southwest Pacific Ocean. Pacific Science 47(2): 136-170 figs 1-2 

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. PDF 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. (as Eviota sp. C)

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: Open access 

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CAAB Code:37428388

Depth:0-25 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:2.6 cm TL

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