Cebu Shrimpgoby, Cryptocentrus cebuanus Herre 1927

A Cebu Shrimpgoby, Cryptocentrus cebuanus, at the Low Isles, near Port Douglas, Queensland, on a sandy bottom in sheltered waters, depth 6m. Source: Sue Churchill & Rogan Draper. License: All rights reserved

A tan to greyish shrimpgoby with 8-10 brown bars along sides, including several broad darker bars separated by yellowish interspaces, bluish to whitish spots on the head, and a small black spot near the top front margin of the dorsal fin, and a black streak near the upper/outer margin of the caudal fin.

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Cebu Shrimpgoby, Cryptocentrus cebuanus Herre 1927

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Off Carnarvon, Western Australia, around the tropical north, to Moreton Bay, Queensland. Elsewhere the species is known from Indonesia and the Philippines. Inhabits silty inshore reefs at depths of 2-10 m.


Dorsal fin VI-VII, 10; Anal fin I, 10; Pectoral fin 18; Longitudinal scale series 85. 
Greatest body depth 5.1-5.4 in SL; pelvic fins united, frenum present; scales absent from head; caudal fin lanceolate, longer than head.


The species is named cebuanus for the type locality, Cebu in the Philippines.

Species Citation

Cryptocentrus cebuanus Herre 1927, Monogr. Bur. Sci. Manila 23: 240, pl. 19(2). Type locality: Cebu, Philippines.


Bray, D.J. 2020


Atlas of Living Australia

Cebu Shrimpgoby, Cryptocentrus cebuanus Herre 1927


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

Herre, A.W. 1927. Gobies of the Philippines and China Seas. Monographs of the Bureau of Science. Manila 23: 1-352 pls 1-30 See ref at BHL

Hoese, D.F. & Larson, H.K. 2004. Description of a new species of Cryptocentrus (Teleostei: Gobiidae) from northern Australia, with comments on the genus. The Beagle, Records of the Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory 20: 167-174.

Larson, H.K. & Murdy, E.O. 2001. Eleotridae, Gobiidae. pp. 3574-3604 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 6 pp. 3381-4218.

Larson, H.K., Williams, R.S. & Hammer, M.P. 2013. An annotated checklist of the fishes of the Northern Territory, Australia. Zootaxa 3696(1): 1-293.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428097

Behaviour:Shares burrows with alpheid shrimps

Depth:2-10 m

Habitat:Silty inshore reefs

Max Size:10 cm TL

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