Thread Shrimpgoby, Ctenogobiops mitodes Randall, Shao & Chen 2007

A Thread Shrimpgoby, Ctenogobiops mitodes, in the Lizard Island area, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Source: Rick Stuart-Smith / Lizard Island Field Guide, License: CC by Attribution

A whitish shrimpgoby with four rows of brown spots (those of the midlateral row large, elongated, and surrounded by pale blue dots), three brown spots on cheek, an oval white spot on pectoral fin, and blue lines and dashes on the head.

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Thread Shrimpgoby, Ctenogobiops mitodes Randall, Shao & Chen 2007

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Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, and reefs in the Coral Sea. Elsewhere, the species occurs in the tropical east-Indo-west-Pacific.
Inhabits sandy and rubble areas in lagoons and on sheltered reefs. 

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Differs from the similar Ctenogobiops pomastictus in having an elongate second dorsal-fin spine as an adult, 46-52 scales in a longitudinal series on the body (vs 55-59 in C. pomastictus), and one row (vs. two rows) of dark spots on the cheek.


The specific name mitodes is from the Greek mitodes meaning 'threadlike' in reference to the filamentous second dorsal-fin spine of adults.

Species Citation

Ctenogobiops mitodes Randall, Shao & Chen, 2007, Zoological Studies 46(1): 28, Figs. 1-5. Type locality: Pratas Reef, 3 km north of Pratas Island, South China Sea, depth 10 metres.


Bray, D.J. 2017


Thread Shrimpgoby, Ctenogobiops mitodes Randall, Shao & Chen 2007


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

Randall, J.E., Shao, K.-T. & Chen, J.-P. 2003. A review of the Indo-Pacific gobiid fish genus Ctenogobiops, with descriptions of two new species. Zoological Studies 42(4): 506-515. (as Ctenogobiops pomastictus  in part) PDF

Randall, J.E., Shao, K.-T. & Chen, J.-P. 2007. Two new shrimp gobies of the genus Ctenogobiops (Perciformes: Gobiidae), from the Western Pacific. Zoological Studies 46(1): 26-34. PDF

Quick Facts

Behaviour:Shares burrows with alpheid shrimps

Depth:1-15 m

Habitat:Reef associated, sand-rubble areas

Max Size:7 cm TL

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