Goldstreaked Shrimpgoby, Ctenogobiops aurocingulus (Herre 1935)

Other Names: Gold-streaked Prawn-goby, Gold-streaked Shrimpgoby, Rust-speckled Shrimp-goby

A Goldstreaked Shrimpgoby, Ctenogobiops aurocingulus, at Tawiri, Ambon Island, Indonesia. Source: Sally Polack / FishWise Professional. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike

A pale greyish shrimpgoby with three rows of large brown spots and scattered smaller spots on body, fine orange vertical lines on lower sides, diagonal orange bands on head, a small white spot on upper pectoral-fin base, and a larger white spot on basal part of fin.

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Goldstreaked Shrimpgoby, Ctenogobiops aurocingulus (Herre 1935)

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Recorded in Australia from Mermaid Reef, WA, and Nymph Island to Cape Kimberley, QLD. found elsewhere in the tropical, west-central Pacific.

Inhabits sandy rubble areas in lagoons, on reef slopes and reef crests - usually on dark substrates.

Species Citation

Aparrius aurocingulus Herre, 1935, Field Mus. Nat. Hist. Zool. Ser. Zool. 18(12): 425. Type locality: Ovalau Island, Fiji. 


Dianne J. Bray

Goldstreaked Shrimpgoby, Ctenogobiops aurocingulus (Herre 1935)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428106

Behaviour:In burrows with alpheid shrimps

Depth:2-20 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated, sandy bottoms

Max Size:9 cm TL

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