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Eviota imitata, a new dwarfgoby from Raja Ampat, Indonesia (Teleostei: Gobiidae)

Greenfield, David W.; Tornabene, Luke; Erdmann, Mark V.

A new species of dwarfgoby, Eviota imitata n. sp., is described from Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, based on the holotype and 8 paratypes. The new species is distinguished by a cephalic sensory-canal pore system lacking only the IT pore (pattern 2), a dorsal/anal fin-ray formula usually 8/7, pectoral-fin rays unbranched, the 5th pelvic-fin ray absent, a narrow dark-red line extending down from under the eye to the jaws, three ventral postanal spots, a dark irregular blotch at the caudal-fin base, and no distinctive black crescent-shaped marks underneath the pectoral fin. It is most similar to E. flebilis Greenfield, Suzuki & Shibukawa, 2014 and E. bilunula Greenfield & Suzuki, 2016. A phylogenetic tree shows the new species belongs to the unbranched pectoral-fin ray clade of Eviota.

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