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New Red Sea dwarf goby described, and it's green!

By Leonard Ho - Posted Apr 11, 2014 09:00 AM
It ain't easy being green. Most Eviota sp. dwarf gobies are varying patterns of red, orange, and yellow. This newly discovered species from the Red Sea, Eviota oculopiperita, is a sublime tint of pistachio green with a see-through body.
New Red Sea dwarf goby described, and it's green!

Eviota oculopiperita. Photos by S.V. Bogorodsky

Eviota oculopiperita may not be the most gaudy goby (take a look at Trimma helenae, which was officially described earlier this year).  But the new goby recently described in the Journal of Ocean Science Foundation is quite special in its own right.  This tiny goby is a rare greenish pigmentation with scales outlined in brown, creating a crosshatch appearance.  The main body is translucent; you can actually see the fish's organs and white spine that runs the length of the fish, which measures less than half an inch (11.9mm).

The journal also described another new Red Sea dwarf goby, Eviota geminata, below.  With the discovery of these two gobies, the total number of Eviota species known from the Red Sea is now eight.


If it seems like scientists are discovering a lot of new dwarf gobies in recent years, it's because they are.  These new species are mostly found in shallow tropical seas, but because they are so tiny and often cryptic, a lot of dwarf gobies have yet to be discovered and described.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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