Eviota readerae Gill & Jewett, 2004
Reader's dwarfgoby
photo by Taylor, H.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  1.79 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 0 - 30 m
Distribution:  Southwest Pacific, Middleton and Elizabeth Reefs on the Lord Howe Rise, Tasman Sea.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 7-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-9; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 8-8; Vertebrae: 26-26. This species is distinct with the following set of characters: D VI + I, 9; A I, 8; with some pectoral-fin rays branched; fifth segmented pelvic-fin ray is lacking; cephalic sensory-pore system pattern 1; non-fimbriate male genital papilla; dark bars or saddles 12-13 on trunk from origin of spinous dorsal fin to mid peduncular spot, not extending below midline (except in small juveniles); pectoral-fin base with a prominent circular dark spot dorsally (sometimes with additional small diffuse spot ventrally) (Ref. 59013). Dorsal to anal fin-ray formula 9/8 (Ref. 116739).
Biology:  Specimens were collected from tidal pools, lagoon patch reefs and reef slopes at depths from about 0.3 to at least 30 m (Ref. 59013). Benthic, also found in coral and rock reefs (Ref. 75154).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 29 June 2018 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 29.05.08
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 18.07.17

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