Target Shrimpgoby, Cryptocentrus strigilliceps (Jordan & Seale 1906)

Other Names: Side-spot Shrimp-goby, Target Shrimp Goby

A Target Shrimpgoby, Cryptocentrus strigilliceps, at Crystal Caves, Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, at the base of coral, depth 8m. Source: Sue Churchill & Rogan Draper. License: All rights reserved

A shrimpgoby with a series of large blackish, midlateral spots on the body, no blue spots on the head, and a series of short transverse rows of papillae just below the lower lip.

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Target Shrimpgoby, Cryptocentrus strigilliceps (Jordan & Seale 1906)

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Northern Australia from the Monte Bello Islands, Western Australia, to One Tree Island, Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, east-Indo-west-central Pacific, from widely distributed from East Africa to Kiribati, Tonga, and Samoa.
Inhabits silty and sandy/rubble areas in lagoons and coastal coral reefs. The Target Shrimpgoby shares burrows with alpheid shrimps.


Longitudinal scale count 50-71.

Similar Species

The Target Shrimpgoby differs from the Bluespotted Shrimpgoby, Cryptocentrus caeruleomaculatus, in having predorsal midline scales, a distinctive eye-sized dark spot above the midline below the first dorsal fin, prominent dark bands on the ventral part of the head and pelvic fin, and the anterior nasal tube separated from the upper lip by more than one nostril diameter.


Species Citation

Mars strigilliceps Jordan & Seale 1906, Bulletin of the Bureau of Fisheries (U.S.) for 1905 25: 408, fig. 95. Type locality: Apia, Upolu Island, Samoa.


Bray, D.J. 2020


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Target Shrimpgoby, Cryptocentrus strigilliceps (Jordan & Seale 1906)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428105

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:1-48 m

Habitat:Reef associated, sandy/rubble areas

Max Size:12 cm TL

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