Eviota zonura Jordan & Seale, 1906
Zoned dwarfgoby
Eviota zonura
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  1.7 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 2 - 17 m
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: from Japan, Taiwan; south through Philippines, Indonesia, Micronesia, to Australia;; east to New Caledonia, Fiji, Tonga, and Samoan Islands to French Polynesia (Society Islands) and Pitcairn Island.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 6-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 8-10; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 7-8. This species is distinguished by the following characters: cephalic sensory-canal pore system without the IT pore only (pattern 2); branched pectoral-fin rays; fimbriate urogenital papilla; dorsal/anal-fin formula 9/8; fifth pelvic-fin ray rudimentary or absent; pectoral-fin base no dark spots; subcutaneous bars on body 5 between anal-fin origin and caudal fin; a large rectangular dark spot on mid and upper caudal peduncle (Ref. 107299). Description: semi-translucent green body with seven vertically elongate, dusky red blotches along upper side, last overlaying vertically elongate black spot on posterior caudal peduncle; side of body with similar blotches along lower side of body; head with dusky orange spots and short bands; first and second dorsal spines of male may be filamentous; eleventh to fifteenth pectoral rays usually branched; longitudinal scale series 23-24; ctenoid scales, absent on head, nape, breast and base of pectoral fin; separated pelvic fins, thin membrane joining bases; fifth pelvic rays absent or rudimentary; fourth pelvic ray with average of 7.6 branches; depth of body 4.4-5.0 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Inhabits algal covered rocks, rubble, or corals (Ref. 1602).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 09 March 2015 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 24.04.96
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 08.07.16

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