Eviota marteynae Greenfield & Erdmann, 2020
Red star-eye dwarfgoby
photo by Erdmann, M.V.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  1.03 cm SL (male/unsexed); 0.96 cm SL (female)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 8 - 30 m
Distribution:  Western Indian Ocean: Maldives.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 7-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 8-8; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 8-8. This species is distinguished from its congeners by the following set of characters: cephalic sensory-canal pore system only lacking an IT pore (Pattern 2); dorsal/anal fin-ray formula of 8/8; with one or more pectoral-fin rays branched; the fifth pelvic-fin ray present and 7-12% of fourth; deep body (23-32% SL); caudal peduncle deep (14-17% SL). Colouration: a rounded internal dark spot over the preural centrum, with 6 postanal bars, pectoral-fin base with scattered melanophores, and the distal 2/3 of first dorsal fin yellow with a black margin (Ref. 122934).
Biology:  Specimens were collected or observed across a depth range of 8–30 m and were found under large pieces of coral rubble long a gentle slope on an inner patch reef. These were never observed in the open, but only found under coral rubble and living within the interstices of the reef (Ref. 122934).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 30.09.20

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