Silverspot Shrimpgoby, Ctenogobiops crocineus Smith 1959

Other Names: Seychelles Shrimpgoby

A Silverspot Shrimpgoby, Ctenogobiops crocineus, in American Samoa. Source: US National Parks Service (NPS). License: Public Domain

A pale shrimpgoby with four rows of brown spots or dashes along the sides, three oblique rows of dark dashes on the rear of the head, larger dark spots on lower sides often encircled with blue dots, a small white dash at upper pectoral-fin base and a long white streak on the pectoral fin. 

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Silverspot Shrimpgoby, Ctenogobiops crocineus Smith 1959

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Recorded in Australia from off north Western Australia, Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea, and the Great Barrier Reef to One Tree Island, Queensland; also Ashmore Reef, Coral Sea. Elsewhere, the species is widespread in the Indo-West Pacific, from the Red Sea and Western Indian Ocean to Taiwan, southern Japan and Fiji.
Shares burrows with alpheid shrimps on sand and rubble areas adjacent to the reef.

Species Citation

Ctenogobiops crocineus Smith, 1959, Ichthyol. Bull. Rhodes Univ. Grahamstown 13: 191, pl. 11K. Type locality: Mahé, Seychelles. 


Bray, D.J. 2016


Australian Faunal Directory

Silverspot Shrimpgoby, Ctenogobiops crocineus Smith 1959


Allen, G.R. 1993. Fishes of Ashmore Reef and Cartier Island. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 44: 67-91.

Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth : Tropical Reef Research 3 vols, 1260 pp. (as Ctenogobiops maculosus)

Hoese, D.F. & Larson, H.K. 2006. Family Gobiidae. pp. 1612-1697 in Beesley, P.L. & Wells, A. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35 Australia : ABRS & CSIRO Publishing Parts 1-3, 2178 pp. (as Ctenogobiops maculosus)

Kovačić, M., Bogorodsky, S.V. & Randall, J.E. 2011. Redescription of the Red Sea gobiid fish Ctenogobiops maculosus (Fourmanoir) and validation of C. crocineus Smith. Zootaxa 3054: 60–68.

Lubbock, R. & Polunin, N.V.C. 1977. Notes on the Indo-west Pacific genus Ctenogobiops (Teleostei : Gobiidae) with descriptions of three new species. Revue Suisse de Zoologie 84(2): 505-514 figs 1-10 pls 1-3

Myers, R.F. 1999. Micronesian Reef Fishes. A comprehensive guide to the coral reef fishes of Micronesia. Guam : Coral Graphics vi 330 pp. 192 pls.

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 557 pp. figs.

Randall, J.E., Shao, K.-T. & Chen, J.-P. 2003. A review of the Indo-Pacific gobiid fish genus Ctenogobiops, with descriptions of two new species. Zoological Studies 42(4): 506-515. (as Ctenogobiops maculosusPDF Open access

Smith, J.L.B. 1959. Gobioid fishes of the families Gobiidae, Periophthalmidae, Trypauchenidae, Taenioididae and Kraemeriidae of the western Indian Ocean. Ichthyological Bulletin, Department of Ichthyology, Rhodes University, Grahamstown 13: 185-225 figs 1-42 pls 9-13

Thacker, C.E., Thompson, A.R., Adam, T.C. & Chen, J.-P. 2010. Phylogeny and character evolution in the Indo-Pacific genus Ctenogobiops (Gobiiformes: Gobiidae). Ichthyological Research 57: 231-239.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428107

Behaviour:Shares burrows with alpheid shrimps

Depth:1-15 m

Habitat:Reef associated, sandy areas

Max Size:6 cm TL

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