Eviota aquila Greenfield & Jewett, 2014
Dark dwarfgoby
Eviota aquila
photo by Greenfield, D.W.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  2.2 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  pelagic-neritic; depth range 1 - 12 m
Distribution:  Northwest Pacific: Taiwan.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 7-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 8-9; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 8-8. This species is distinguished from its congeners by the following set of characters: complete cephalic sensory-canal pore system (Group I) and dorsal/anal fin-ray formula 9/8. (of the 30 described species of Eviota in Group I, 16 species have this dorsal/anal fin-ray formula); have a distinct dark pigment on the pectoral-fin base (the pectoral-fin base is heavily peppered with small black dots and the pigmentation on the pectoral-fin base is confluent with pigment over the breast); fifth pelvic-fin ray is absent or rudimentary; pectoral-fin rays 16-18, usually 16 (Ref. 96083).
Biology:  Collected from a surge channel cut well back into the shore. Most of the other collections were taken from rocky and coral areas in waters less than 10 m (Ref. 96083).
IUCN Red List Status: Endangered (EN); Date assessed: 29 June 2018 (B1ab(iii)+2ab(iii)) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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