Pinkspot Shrimpgoby, Cryptocentrus leptocephalus Bleeker 1876

Other Names: Pink Shrimpgoby, Pink Spot Shrimp Goby, Pink-speckled Shrimpgoby, Saddled Shrimp Goby, Singapore Shrimp-goby

A Pinkspot Shrimpgoby, Cryptocentrus leptocephalus, at Ra, Fiji, March 2015. Source: Mark Rosenstein / License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

A brownish-green shrimpgoby becoming whitish below, with 6-7 diffuse brownish bars along the side, small pale-edged pink to reddish spots and numerous smaller white dots on the head, back and dorsal fins and small round spots on the upper part of the pectoral-fin base. The first bar below the second dorsal fin ends partly above the anal-fin origin.
This species is frequently misidentifed as Crypocentrus melanopus.

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Bray, D.J. 2018, Cryptocentrus leptocephalus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 02 Feb 2023,

Pinkspot Shrimpgoby, Cryptocentrus leptocephalus Bleeker 1876

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Northern part of the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical west-central Pacific. 
Inhabits burrows in association with alpheid shrimps on sandy and muddy bottoms, often on reefs near mangroves.


Dorsal fin VI-VII + 10-11; Anal fin I, 10-11; Longitudinal scale series 77-92.
Head without scales; greatest depth of body 5.4-6.0 in SL; pelvic fins united, frenum present; rounded caudal fin rounded, longer than head length 


Body brownish-green, becoming whitish ventrally; 6-7 diffuse brownish bars on side; head, back and dorsal fins with pale-edged pink to red spots and smaller white spots; first dorsal fin with blue-edged orange to brown spots.

Similar Species

Differs from the similar Cryptocentrus melanopus in having smaller pinks spots and numerous pale dots on the head and upper back, and the third oblique body bar ending in part above the anal-fin origin.

Species Citation

Cryptocentrus leptocephalus Bleeker 1876, Verslag. Mededeel. Koninklijke Akad. Wetensch, Amsterdam 2 9: 146. Type locality: Singapore.


Bray, D.J. 2018


Australian Faunal Directory

Pinkspot Shrimpgoby, Cryptocentrus leptocephalus Bleeker 1876


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Russell, B.C., Fraser, T.H. & Larson, H.K. 2010. Castelnau's collection of Singapore fishes described by Pieter Bleeker. The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 58(1): 93-102 (p. 99, considered C. melanopus as a senior synonym of Cryptocentrus leptocephalusPDF Open access

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CAAB Code:37428102

Behaviour:In burrows with alpheid shrimps

Depth:0-18 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:13 cm TL

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