Eviota hinanoae Tornabene, Ahmadia & Williams, 2013
Hinano’s dwarfgoby
photo by Williams, J.T.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  1.03 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; marine; depth range 3 - 5 m
Distribution:  Eastern Central Pacific: French Polynesia, Niue, Tonga and Fiji.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 7-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-10; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 8-9. This species is distinguished from its congeners by the following characters: cephalic sensory-canal pore pattern group 2, missing only is the IT pore; dorsal/anal ray formula 9/8; some pectoral-fin rays are branched; absence of the fifth pelvic-fin ray or may be rudimentary; trunk with approximately 8 distinct subcutaneous bars, the 2 bars originating over anterior half of anal fin, extending vertically to lateral midline or beyond, and 3 shorter bars originating over caudal peduncle, last of which often being confluent with prominent spot over the centre of the caudal peduncle; no distinct pair of dark spots on pectoral-fin base; male urogenital papilla with prominent lateral folds, cuplike in appearance (Ref. 94084).
Biology:  Occurs mainly from shallow reefs. At Moorea, collected almost exclusively from patches of rubble around shallow lagoon reefs. Also found in tidepools and adjacent coral reef; rocky shore with porous volcanic rock and large table corals in water beneath rocks (Ref. 94084).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 06 March 2015 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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