Freckled Dwarfgoby, Eviota lentiginosa Greenfield & Randall 2017

Other Names: Frecked Dwarfgoby

Holotype of Freckled Dwarfgoby, Eviota lentiginosa, QM I.40817, 13.4 mm SL, male, Norfolk Island, Australia. Source: John E. Randall, Fig. 2, in Greenfield & Randall (2017) Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation 29: 66–71. License: CC by Attribution

A very small yellow dwarfgoby covered in tiny dark spots.

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Bray, D.J. 2017, Eviota lentiginosa in Fishes of Australia, accessed 07 Apr 2020,

Freckled Dwarfgoby, Eviota lentiginosa Greenfield & Randall 2017

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Endemic to the Australian territory of Norfolk Island in the Tasman Sea. The species is known only from 2 specimens collected from a cave in near Bombora Rock, Sydney Bay, Norfolk Island, approx. –29.062°, 167.943°, depth 13.5 m.


Dorsal fin VI + I, 8; Anal fin I, 8; Pectoral fin 16-17; Lateral-line scales 23-24; Transverse scale rows 6.
Body slender, depth 19.4-19.7% SL; head length 29.1-30.6% SL; eye diameter 10.2-10.4% SL; snout length 3.9-5.6% SL; distance to origin of first dorsal fin 37.8-38.8% SL, first dorsal-fin origin lying behind posterior margin of pectoral-fin base; distance to origin of second dorsal fin 57.8-61.4% SL; second dorsal-fin origin in advance of anal-fin origin; distance to origin of anal fin 62.3-63.0% SL; caudal peduncle length 20.9-22.4% SL; caudal-peduncle depth 10.8-11.8% SL
Front of head rounded with tangent to apex of its curve about 60° from horizontal axis; mouth slanted obliquely upwards, forming an angle of about 70° to horizontal axis of body; lower jaw slightly projecting; maxilla extending posteriorly to level of front of pupil; anterior narial tube short, not reaching posterior margin of upper lip; gill opening extending forward to a vertical at posteroventral edge of vertical limb of preoperculum; cephalic sensory-canal pore system lacking only an IT pore; cutaneous sensory papillae pattern obscure; male urogenital papilla a flat rounded plate; urogenital papilla of female small and rounded.
First dorsal fin triangular, first spine filamentous, reaching to first soft ray of second dorsal fin when adpressed. Pectoral-fin rays apparently unbranched (but ends broken), fin long and apparently pointed, reaching at least to below middle of second dorsal fin. Fifth pelvic-fin ray absent; fourth pelvic-fin ray broken, except for part of one ray with 2 elongate branches on paratype.


The specific name is from the Latin lentiginosus (full of freckles), in reference to the many tiny dark spots covering the yellow head and body.

Species Citation

Eviota lentiginosa Greenfield & Randall 2017, Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation 29: 66–71. Type locality: Australia, Norfolk Island, Sydney Bay near Bombora Rock, approx. –29.062°, 167.943°, cave, 13.5 m.


Bray, D.J. 2017

Freckled Dwarfgoby, Eviota lentiginosa Greenfield & Randall 2017


Greenfield, D.W. & Randall, J.E. 2017. Eviota lentiginosa, a new dwarfgoby from Norfolk Island, Australia (Teleostei: Gobiidae). Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation 29: 66–71. doi: Open access

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Depth:13.5 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:1.34 cm SL

Native:Endemic (Norfolk Island)

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