Crested Oystergoby, Cryptocentroides gobioides (Ogilby 1886)

Other Names: Australian Crested Oyster Goby, Crested Mud Goby, Crested Oyster Goby, Oyster Goby

A Crested Oystergoby, Cryptocentroides gobioides, in Minnamurra Estuary, New South Wales, January 2007. Source: Sascha Schultz / License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A slender olive-green goby with a mottled back, many alternating bright blue and orange bars along the side, blue spots on the head, two rows of dark pinkish stripes on the dorsal fin, and reddish anal-fin rays with blue membranes. Males may be darker than females. As the common name suggests, this species has a pronounced ridge on top of the head.

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Bray, D.J. 2018, Cryptocentroides gobioides in Fishes of Australia, accessed 29 May 2024,

Crested Oystergoby, Cryptocentroides gobioides (Ogilby 1886)

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Cape Tribulation, Queensland, to Green Cape, New South Wales. Inhabits shallow muddy and rocky areas, and oyster and mussel beds, often in the intertidal zone in estuaries, bays and harbours.
Usually occurs in estuarine and brackish waters, especially in oyster beds, and shelters in holes and under rocks when threatened.

Species Citation

Gobius gobioides Ogilby 1886, Catalogue of the Fishes of New South Wales: 35. Type locality: Port Jackson. (nom. nov. for Gobius cristatus Macleay, 1881).


Bray, D.J. 2018


Australian Faunal Directory

Crested Oystergoby, Cryptocentroides gobioides (Ogilby 1886)


Grant, E.M. 1975. Guide to Fishes. Brisbane : Queensland Government, Co-ordinator General’s Department 640 pp.

Johnson, J.W. 1999. Annotated checklist of the fishes of Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 43(2): 709-762 See ref at BHL 

Johnson, J.W. 2010. Fishes of the Moreton Bay Marine Park and adjacent continental shelf waters, Queensland, Australia. pp. 299-353 in Davie, P.J.F. & Phillips, J.A. Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Marine Biological Workshop, The Marine Fauna and Flora of Moreton Bay. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 54(3) 

Kuiter, R.H. 1993. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 437 pp. (as Cristatogobius gobioides)

Larson, H.K. & Murdy, E.O. 2001. Eleotridae, Gobiidae. pp. 3574-3604 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 6 pp. 3381-4218.

Macleay, W.J. 1881. Descriptive catalogue of the fishes of Australia. Part 2. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 1 5(4): 510-629 pls 13-14 (as Gobius cristatus) See ref at BHL

McCulloch, A.R. & Ogilby, J.D. 1919. Some Australian fishes of the family Gobiidae. Records of the Australian Museum 12(10): 193-291 figs 31-37 (as Cryptocentrus cristatus) DOI: Open access

Ogilby, J.D. 1886. Catalogue of the Fishes of New South Wales, with their principal synonyms. Sydney : Government Printer 67 pp. See ref at BHL

Ogilby, J.D. 1910. On new or insufficiently described fishes. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland 23(1): 1-55 (as Amblygobius gobioides)

Russell, B.C. 1983. Annotated checklist of the coral reef fishes in the Capricorn-Bunker group, Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Special Publication Series 1: 1-184 figs 1-2 (as Cryptocentroides cristatus)

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428093

Depth:0-10 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated, estuaries

Max Size:12 cm TL


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