Eviota guttata

Whitestriped pygmygoby | Spotted Dwarfgoby | Spotted Pygmygoby
Eviota guttata
Eviota guttata, Eilat, Israel, Photo: Graham Edgar


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Part of a species complex including E. teresae, E. albolineata, and E. taeiae. Records of E. guttata outside of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Oman may be other species within the complex, based on variable coloration. E. guttata presents with an interorbital red spot which is distinctly disconnected to two larger red spots behind the eyes, which are connected in E. taeiae. The interorbital spot is absent in E. albolineata. Eyes exhibit thin white or gold spokes extending out from pupil, with occaisional mottling over the iris. Red stripe behind the eye is incomplete, diferentiating E. guttata from E. albolineata which exhibits a complete red stripe. Reddish rectangular blocks on the ventral side of the body are wider than they are tall.


Max Size: 3 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 23.1-31.2°C

Depth: 1-15m

Habitat Generalization Index: 26.2

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Not Evaluated

Occurrence: Common (33.8% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Several (7 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.