Animal Species:Crested Oyster Goby, Cryptocentroides gobioides (Ogilby, 1886)

The species is endemic to Australia, usually found on muddy bottoms or under rocks in estuaries and inshore waters along the east coast.

A Crested Oyster Goby near Minnamurra River mouth

Sascha Schulz © Sascha Schulz

Standard Common Name

Crested Oyster Goby

Identification

The Crested Oyster Goby is an elongate fish that has a pronounced dorsal ridge on the head and bulbous ‘cheeks’. It is grey, brown or black (males are usually darker than females) with red and blue bands and spots.

Size range

It grows to about 10 cm in length.

Distribution

The species is endemic to Australia, occurring from northern Queensland to southern New South Wales.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Cryptocentroides gobioides

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Crested Oyster Goby specimens in the Australian Museum.

What does this mean?

Habitat

It is usually found on muddy bottoms or under rocks in estuaries and inshore waters.

Classification

Species:
gobioides
Genus:
Cryptocentroides
Family:
Gobiidae
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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References

  1. Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178. Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.


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Tags fish, ichthyology, Crested Oyster Goby, Cryptocentroides gobioides, grey, brown, black, green, long and skinny, < 10 cm, blotches/mottled, rocky reef, intertidal, marine, adult,