Animal Species:Yellow Shrimpgoby, Cryptocentrus cinctus (Herre, 1936)

As its name implies the species is sometimes yellow in colour, but it is commonly seen in other colour forms.  It is often seen by divers as it keeps a lookout at the entrance of its burrow that it shares with one or more alpheid shrimps.

Standard Common Name

Yellow Shrimpgoby

Identification

The species has spotted fins and a dark stripe above the upper lip.  It is known to have an number of colour forms ranging from whitish to dark like the fish in the movie.  The yellow colour form is not the most common so the standard name is not ideal.

Size range

7.5 cm

Distribution

It occurs throughout the Western Pacific.  In Australia it is known from Western Australia and Queensland.

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.

Cryptocentrus cinctus

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Yellow Shrimpgoby specimens in the Australian Museum.

What does this mean?

Classification

Species:
cinctus
Genus:
Cryptocentrus
Family:
Gobiidae
Order:
Perciformes
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

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.
  2. Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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Tags fishes, ichththyology, Yellow Shrimpgoby, Cryptocentrus cinctus, Gobiidae, yellow, < 7.5 cm, marine, adult,