Christmas Eviota, Eviota natalis Allen 2007

Other Names: Christmas Dwarfgoby

A Christmas Eviota, Eviota natalis, at Christmas Island, eastern Indian Ocean. Source: Gerald R. Allen / FishBase. License: All rights reserved

A tiny yellowish pymygoby with a series of white mid-lateral spots and orange scale-margins in life.
Known only from the Australian territory of Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean.

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Bray, D.J. 2022, Eviota natalis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 09 Dec 2023,

Christmas Eviota, Eviota natalis Allen 2007

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Endemic to Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean. Individuals or loose groups inhabit rubble areas under overhanging rocks at depths of 8-15 m.


Dorsal fin VI-I,9-10; Anal fin I,8-9; Pectoral fin 17-19, pectoral rays 10-19 may be branched, 13-17 usually branched; Pelvic fin 1,4; well developed pelvic-fin membrane; branched caudal-fin rays 11-13, or 1 damaged; segmented caudal-fin rays 17; lateral scale rows 24 or 25; transverse scale rows 7 or 8; breast naked; naked area of forehead extending posteriorly in a narrow strip along base of dorsal fin. First dorsal spine variable in length, often elongate in adults, extending to caudal peduncle in some individuals. Male genital papilla not fimbriate, flattened and relatively elongate with fringe of tiny papillae along distal edge, its maximum length extending slightly beyond origin of anal fin; female papilla short, bulbous, with several finger-like projections, extending to anal-fin spine.


The specific name is from the Latin natalis (= birthday, of or belonging to one's birth), in reference to Christmas Island, the type locality. In ecclesiastical Latin, the word was used to denote the festival of the nativity of Christ, or Christmas.

Species Citation

Eviota natalis Allen, 2007, Fishes of Christmas Island: 282. Type locality: north-east cost of Christmas Island, Indian Ocean (10°26'44.42"N, 105°39'08.67"E), depth 8-11 m. 


Bray, D.J. 2022


Atlas of Living Australia

Christmas Eviota, Eviota natalis Allen 2007


Allen, G.R. 2007. New species description. pp. 282 in Allen, G.R., Steene, R.C. & Orchard, M. Fishes of Christmas Island. Christmas Island : Christmas Island Natural History Association 2 edn, 284 pp.

Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth : Tropical Reef Research 3 vols, 1260 pp.

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. & Allen, G.R. 2012. Eviota fallax, a new dwarfgoby from the western Pacific (Teleostei: Gobiidae). Zootaxa 3522: 42-48

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.  

Hobbs, J.-P.A., Newman, S.J., Mitsopoulos, G.E.A., Travers, M.J., Skepper, C.L., Gilligan, J.J., Allen, G.A., Choat, H.J. & Ayling, A.M. 2014. Checklist and new records of Christmas Island fishes: the influence of isolation, biogeography and habitat availability on species abundance and community composition. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology Suppl. 30: 184-202. See ref online

Larson, H. 2019. Eviota natalis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019: e.T141483511A149855214. Accessed on 31 March 2022.

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CAAB Code:37428420

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:8-15 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:2.6 cm TL

Native:Endemic (AUS EEZ)

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