Bluespotted Shrimpgoby, Cryptocentrus caeruleomaculatus (Herre 1933)

Other Names: Blue-speckled Shrimpgoby, Eight-barred Shrimp-goby, Green Shrimp Goby, Green Shrimpgoby

A Bluespotted Shrimpgoby, Cryptocentrus caeruleomaculatus, in Bali, Indonesia, April 2015. Source: zsispeo / Flickr. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

A greenish-brown shrimpgoby with broad darker divided bars along the side, a midlateral row of large blackish spots, pale blue dots on the head and body, larger pinkish spots on the head, and distinctive patterns of brownish spots, stripes, and bars on the dorsal and anal fins.

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Bray, D.J. 2019, Cryptocentrus caeruleomaculatus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 28 Nov 2022,

Bluespotted Shrimpgoby, Cryptocentrus caeruleomaculatus (Herre 1933)

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Exmouth Gulf, Western Australia, to the northern part of the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Elsewhere the species is widespread in the tropical, east-Indo-west-central Pacific - Andaman Sea to the Solomon Islands, Ryukyu Island, and Micronesia.
Inhabits shallow lagoons and sheltered coastal and nearshore coral reefs, sharing burrows with alpheid shrimps.


Dorsal fin VI + I, 9-10; Anal fin I, 9: Pectoral fin 15-17; Longitudinal scale series 47-59; Transverse scale count (TRB) 17-25; Gill rakers (outer face of first arch) 2-3 + 1 + 9-11 = 12-14. 
Greatest body depth 4.3 in SL; pelvic fins united, frenum present; head naked; caudal fin rounded, about equal to head length.

Species Citation

Mars caeruleomaculatus Herre 1933 Copeia 1933(1): 22. Type locality: Jolo, Sulu Province, Philippines. 


Bray, D.J. 2019


Australian Faunal Directory

Bluespotted Shrimpgoby, Cryptocentrus caeruleomaculatus (Herre 1933)


Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 292 pp. 106 pls. (as Cryptocentrus octafasciatus)

Allen, G.R. 2015. Descriptions of two new species of shrimpgobies (Gobiidae: Cryptocentrus and Tomiyamichthys) from Papua New Guinea. Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation 16: 67-81. PDF Open access

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

Allen, G.R. & Swainston, R. 1988. The Marine Fishes of North-Western Australia. A field guide for anglers and divers. Perth, WA : Western Australian Museum vi 201 pp., 70 pls. 

Herre, A.W. 1933. Twelve new Philippine fishes. Copeia 1933(1): 17-25 DOI: 10.2307/1436181

Hoese, D.F. 2019. A review of the Cryptocentrus strigilliceps complex (Teleostei: Gobiidae), with description of a new species. Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation 32: 23-38.

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Hutchins, B. 2004. Fishes of the Dampier Archipelago, Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 66: 343–398 

Kuiter, R.H. 1992. Tropical Reef-Fishes of the Western Pacific, Indonesia and Adjacent Waters. Jakarta : PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama 314 pp. pls. (as Cryptocentrus octafasciatus)

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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37428096

Behaviour:Shares burrows with alpheid shrimps

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:0-6 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Max Size:8 cm TL

Max Size:Reef associated, sandy/rubble areas

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