Eviota sparsa Jewett & Lachner, 1983
Speckled dwarfgoby
photo by Allen, G.R.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  2.1 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 0 - 37 m
Distribution:  Western Pacific: from Indonesia, the Philippines, and Palau; south to Australia (Great Barrier Reef and NSW); east to Fiji, Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, Tonga, and the Samoan Islands.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 7-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 8-10; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 7-8. This species has a cephalic sensory-canal pore system lacking IT and POP pores; branched pectoral-fin rays branched; dorsal/anal-fin formula 9/8; with the fifth pelvic-fin ray 70% of the fourth ray (Ref. 107299). Description: body semi-translucent pale orange with dusky orange scale margins; head with orange spots; presence of six internal brown bars on side; distinctive double black spot separated by narrow white area behind upper edge of eye; first four dorsal spines of male, sometimes filamentous; twelfth to fifteenth pectoral rays usually branched; longitudinal scale series 23-25; ctenoid scales, absent on head, nape, breast and pectoral fin base; separated pectoral fins, connected bases by thin membrane; depth of body 3.9-4.3 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Has been collected from depths of 0 to 31 m (Ref. 1602). Found in coastal reefs (Ref 90102).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 09 March 2015 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 16.03.93
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 19.07.17

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