Very special thanks for the photos of this beautyful Eviota punyit to Dr. Mark V. Erdmann.
Eviota punyit is the latest new species of dwarf goby to join the ever expanding roster of Eviota species. Unlike so many other species which are identified primarily based on their appearance and color pattern, Eviota punyit was confirmed primarily through genetic analysis of closely related species.
Eviota punyit is found from the Red Sea, Indian Ocean and Indonesia.
The newly described Eviota punyit was recognized as distinct from the very similar looking Eviota sebreei. Eviota punyit and E. sebreei form what s known as a geminate species pair, or two species from a common ancestor displaying a very similar color and pattern.