Eviota susanae Greenfield & Randall, 1999
Susan's dwarfgoby
Eviota susanae
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  1.85 cm SL (male/unsexed); 1.72 cm SL (female)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 1 - 5 m
Distribution:  Eastern Central Pacific: Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Hawaiian Islands.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 7-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 8-9; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 6-8. This species is distinguished by the following characters: rugose genital papillae in both sexes. No IT pores; POP pores absent or greatly reduced. 4 - 6 large spots on ventral midline posteriorly from anal fin origin; subcutaneous bars associated with some ventral-midline spots. Fifth pelvic fin ray small, unbranched, about 1/10 length of 4th ray (usually poorly ossified). Anterior-most branch of 4th pelvic ray elongate, at least 10 segments. Dorsal spines in D1 not prolonged as filaments. 9 - 17 pectoral fin rays may be branched (Ref. 38034).
Biology:  Found resting on the substrate in shallow (<4.6 m) sheltered habitats, either at patch reefs well back in the bay (no surge, silt, and mud surrounding the coral) or from fouling communities on dock floats (Ref. 38034, 116739).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:  Type locality: Oahu, Kaneohe Bay (21°26'N, 157°47'W), BPBM 38379 (holotype of Eviota susanae); (21°30'N, 157°48'W), outside barrier reef at main boat channel near end of bay, 22.6-25.6 m. Collected from patch reefs well back in the bay and from fouling communities on dock floats (Ref. 38034). Also in Ref. 122680.

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