Goldspeckled Shrimpgoby, Ctenogobiops pomastictus Lubbock & Polunin 1977

Other Names: Gold-specked Prawn-goby, Gold-speckled Shrimpgoby, Pop-eyed Shrimp-goby, Spotfin Shrimp Goby, Spotted Shrimp Goby, Spotted Shrimpgoby

A Goldspeckled Shrimpgoby, Ctenogobiops pomastictus, at Navy Pier, Exmouth, Western Australia,May 2021. Source: Alex Hoschke / License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial

A pale greyish shrimpgoby with four rows of brown spots along the side including a midlateral row of larger dashes, pairs of small golden ocellated spots between the large dashes, a large white spot on the pectoral fin, whitish blotches along the back, two rows of brown spots on the cheek, and blue spots and streaks on the head.

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Goldspeckled Shrimpgoby, Ctenogobiops pomastictus Lubbock & Polunin 1977

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Ningaloo Reef and offshore reefs of north Western Australia, and Ashmore Reef in the Timor Sea, to the southern Great Barrier Reef including reefs in the Coral Sea. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, western-central Pacific.
Inhabits sandy, silty and rubble areas on seagrass beds, lagoons, sheltered reefs, and reef flats. Pairs usually share a burrow with an alpheid shrimp, especially particularly Alpheus djeddensis and A. ochrostriatus.


Body pale grey; four longitudinal rows of dark brown spots (midlateral row largest) along side; small ocellated yellow to orange spots between each pair of midlateral brown spot or dash; small yellow to brown spots scattered on head and body; basal part of pectoral fin with intense white spot.

Similar Species

Differs from the similar Ctenogobiops mitodes in having two rows of brown spots on the cheek (vs. a single row) and in lacking an elongate second dorsal-fin spine.


The specific name pomastictus is from the Greek poma (= lid) and stictus (= spotted) in reference to the distinctive colour pattern of the operculum.

Species Citation

Ctenogobiops pomastictus Lubbock & Polunin, 1977, Rev. Suisse Zool. 84(2): 506, figs 4-7, pl. 1. Type locality: North Point, Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, depth 6-9 m.


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Goldspeckled Shrimpgoby, Ctenogobiops pomastictus Lubbock & Polunin 1977


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428109

Behaviour:Shares burrows with alpheid shrimps

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:1-17 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated, sand/rubble/silty areas

Max Size:7 cm TL

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