Silverspot Shrimpgoby, Ctenogobiops crocineus Smith 1959

Other Names: Crocus Shrimpgoby, Saffron Shrimp-goby, Seychelles Shrimpgoby

A Silverspot Shrimpgoby, Ctenogobiops crocineus, in the Lizard Island area, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Source: Rick Stuart-Smith / Lizard Island Field Guide, License: CC by Attribution

A pale shrimpgoby with four rows of brown spotted and/or dashed lines along the side (midlateral line most distinct), two parallel oblique orange dashed-lines on cheek, larger dark spots along lower sides often encircled with blue dots, pectoral fin with a long white streak, and a small white dash on the upper pectoral-fin base. 

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Silverspot Shrimpgoby, Ctenogobiops crocineus Smith 1959

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Offshore reefs of north Western Australia, Ashmore Reef in the Timor Sea, and the Great Barrier Reef to One Tree Island, Queensland, and reefs in the 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 of the genus Alpheus on sand and rubble areas adjacent to the reef.


Dorsal fin VI + I, 11-12; Anal fin I, 11; Pectoral fin 18-19; Lateral scale rows 51-56.
Body elongate, compressed, head slightly compressed; jaws extending posteriorly to below middle of eye; gill opening reaching anteriorly to below posterior margin of eye.
Scales ctenoid posteriorly, cycloid anteriorly; head, breast and pectoral-fin base naked. Sensory canals and pores present on head; cheek with reduced longitudinal pattern of sensory papillae; a pair of sensory papillae just behind chin.
Pelvic fins united medially, frenum present; elongate dorsal-fin spines absent. 


About 4 irregular horizontal rows of dark brown dotted and/or dashed lines along the  body (dashed midlateral line most distinct); two parallel oblique orange dashed-lines on cheek; pectoral fin with a bright white streak.


The specific name crocineus is from the Latincrocum (= saffron spice), in reference to the orange-yellow colour of this species as depicted in the illustration of the holotype.

Species Citation

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


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Silverspot Shrimpgoby, Ctenogobiops crocineus Smith 1959


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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.

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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 See ref online

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

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:1-15 m

Habitat:Reef associated, sandy areas

Max Size:6 cm TL

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