Maude's Shrimpgoby, Cryptocentrus maudae Fowler 1937

Maude's Shrimpgoby, Cryptocentrus maudae, at Low Isles, near Port Douglas, Queensland, in coral rubble under mangroves, depth <1m . Source: Sue Churchill & Rogan Draper. License: All rights reserved

A mottled dark brown shrimpgoby speckled with pale spots, with a white patch on top of the head, a series of white saddles across the back, a white snout, lips and chin, and dark diagonal bands on the anal fin.

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Maude's Shrimpgoby, Cryptocentrus maudae Fowler 1937

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Northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Elsewhere the species is known from the east-Indo-west Pacific. Inhabits tide pools, mud flats, and sheltered sand/rubble patches on inshore and coastal reefs to depths of about 10 m.


Dorsal fin VI + I, 9-11; Anal fin I, 9-10; Pectoral fin 17; Longitudinal scale series ~120.
Anal fin positioned posteriorly, origin level with third ray of second dorsal fin; united pelvic fins, presence of frenum; longitudinal scale series 120; head without scales; greatest depth of body 5.9-7.0 in SL; rounded caudal fin, slightly longer than head

Species Citation

Cryptocentrus maudae Fowler 1937, Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci., Philadelphia 89: 254, fig. 283. Type locality: Bangkok, Thailand.


Bray, D.J. 2019


Australian Faunal Directory

Maude's Shrimpgoby, Cryptocentrus maudae Fowler 1937


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CAAB Code:37428104

Behaviour:Shares burrows with alpheid shrimps

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:1-10 m

Habitat:Reef associated, sand/rubble/silty areas

Max Size:10 cm TL

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