Ventral Barred Goby, Cryptocentrus sericus Herre 1932

Other Names: Ventral-Barred Shrimpgoby

A Ventral-barred Shrimpgoby, Cryptocentrus sericus, at Dauin, Central Visayas, Philippines, September 2014. Source: Klaus Stiefel / Flickr. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A variably coloured yellow to dark brown shrimpgoby with diffuse bars on the side, saddles across the back, a pair of dark brown streaks on the cheek above the rear corner of the mouth, blue spots on the head, a short bar across the upper part of the pectoral-fin base, and blue streaks on the anal and caudal fins.

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Dianne J. Bray, Cryptocentrus sericus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 18 Jul 2024,

Ventral Barred Goby, Cryptocentrus sericus Herre 1932

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Recorded in Australia from Cassini Island, WA, and the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Elsewhere, the species occurs in the East-Indo-west Pacific from the Andaman Sea to Papua New Guinea and Palau, north to Yaeyama Islands and throughout the East Indian region. Shares burrows with alpheid shrimps in near shore sandy-silt areas in 12-30 m.


Dorsal fin VII, 10; Anal fin I, 9[ Pectoral fin 16-18; Longitudinal scales 75-82.
Greatest body depth 4.1-5.2 in SL; pelvic fins united, frenum present; caudal fin rounded, longer than head length; head without scales.


Variable in colour ranging from yellow to mainly dark brown; diffuse bars on side; a pair of large, distinct dark-brown streaks above rear corner of the mouth and a second pair on gill cover; blue streaks on pelvic, anal and caudal fins. The yellow or yellowish brown form with similar head markings (usually fainter), blue spots on the head, pale saddles across top of head and back; blue streaks on yellow pelvic and anal fins. The dark forms have a mainly dark brown body with several pale saddles across the back, and similar head markings to the pale and yellow forms. All forms have short bar across upper pectoral-fin base.

Species Citation

Cryptocentrus sericus Herre 1932, Lingnan Sci. J. 11(3): 440. Type locality: Canton, China.


Dianne J. Bray


Australian Faunal Directory

Ventral Barred Goby, Cryptocentrus sericus Herre 1932


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

Herre, A.W. 1932. Fishes from Kwangtung Province and Hainan Island, China. Lingnan Science Journal 11(3): 423-443 

Hoese, D.F., Shibukawa, K. & Sakaue, J. 2011. A redescription of the gobiid fish Cryptocentrus sericus Herre, with clarification of Cryptocentrus leptocephalus and C. melanopus. Aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology 17(3): 163-172.

Kuiter, R.H. & Debelius, H. 2006. World Atlas of Marine Fishes. Frankfurt : IKAN-Unterwasserarchiv 720 pp. 

Myers, R.F. 1999. Micronesian Reef Fishes. A comprehensive guide to the coral reef fishes of Micronesia. Guam : Coral Graphics vi 330 pp. 192 pls. (as Cryptocentrus sp. B)

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428413

Behaviour:Shares burrows with alpheid shrimps

Depth:1-30 m

Habitat:Reef associated, sand-silt areas

Max Size:10 cm TL

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