Insignia Goby, Cryptocentroides argulus (Peters 1868)

Other Names: Insignia Prawn-goby

An Insignia Goby, Cryptocentroides insignis. Source: John E. Randall / Fishbase via EOL. License: CC BY Attribution

A mottled greyish-brown goby with a series of oblique dark bars along the side, and yellowish dorsal, anal and caudal fins.
For many years, this species was known as Cryptocentroides insignis (Hoese 2015). 

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Bray, D.J. 2017, Cryptocentroides argulus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 28 May 2024,

Insignia Goby, Cryptocentroides argulus (Peters 1868)

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North West Cape, Western Australia, to the Wessel Islands, Northern Territory. Elsewhere the species occurs in the east-Indo-west Pacific. Inhabits sand-rubble bottoms in brackish tide pools and mangrove areas.

Species Citation

Gobius argulus Peters 1868, Monatsberichte der Königlichen Preussischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin 1868: 266. Type locality: Paracale, Luzon Island, Philippines.


Bray, D.J. 2017


Australian Faunal Directory

Insignia Goby, Cryptocentroides argulus (Peters 1868)


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

Herre, A.W. 1927. Gobies of the Philippines and China Seas. Monographs of the Bureau of Science. Manila 23: 1-352 pls 1-30 (as Oxyurichthys argulus)

Hoese, D.F. 2015. Cryptocentroides argulus, in Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra. Viewed 15 March 2017.

Koumans, F.P. 1940. Results of re-examination of types and specimens of gobioid fishes, with notes on the fish fauna of the surroundings of Batavia. Zoologische Mededelingen (Leiden) 22: 121-210 (as Cryptocentroides insignis)

Koumans, F.P. 1953. The Fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago. Gobioidea. Leiden : Brill Vol. 10 423 pp. 95 figs. 

Larson, H.K., Williams, R.S. & Hammer, M.P. 2013. An annotated checklist of the fishes of the Northern Territory, Australia. Zootaxa 3696(1): 1-293 

Myers, R.F. 1989. Micronesian Reef Fishes. Guam : Coral Graphics 298 pp.  (as Cryptocentroides insignis)

Peters, W.C.H. 1868. Über die von Hrn. Dr. F. Jagar in dem ostindischen Archipel. gesammelten und dem Königl. zoologischen Museum übergebenen Fische. Monatsberichte der Königlichen Preussischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin 1868: 254-281 

Popta, C.M.L. 1922. Vierte und letzte forsetzung der Beschreibung von neuen Fischarten der Sunda-Expedition. Zoologische Mededelingen (Leiden) 7(1–2): 27-39 (as Cryptocentroides dentatus)

Seale, A. 1910. Descriptions of four new species of fishes from Bantayan Island, Philippine Archipelago. Philippine Journal of Science 5(2): 115-118 figs 1-2 (as Amblygobius insignis)

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CAAB Code:37428094

Depth:2-10 m


Max Size:6 cm TL

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