Banded Shrimpgoby (species: Cryptocentrus cinctus) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Cryptocentrus cinctus
Banded Shrimpgoby

©Tom Bridge: Yellow form of Cryptocentrus cinctus at Lizard Island

©Barbara Banks: Pale barred colour form of Cryptocentrus cinctus at Horseshoe Reef, Lizard Island.

©Graham Edgar: Cryptocentrus cinctus in the Lizard Island lagoon.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Gobiidae
Genus Cryptocentrus
Species Cryptocentrus cinctus



Distinguishing features

A small goby that shares a sandy burrow with alpheid shrimp. Allen et al (2003) show three colour variations (yellow, pale barred and dark brown) of which the first two have been recorded at Lizard Island so far. Although the background colour varies, all forms have white or blueish spots on the head and bands (sometimes formed by rows of spots) on the dorsal fins.


  • Up to 7 cm (Length of specimen)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.


Similar taxa


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island: Common in the lagoon near the edge of the reef. In one 2-hour dive to 4 m depth, at least 30 individuals was seen. Most were the pale barred colour form; only about 5 were yellow. One burrow was shared by two individuals of different colour forms.

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Allen and M.V. Erdmann, G.R. (2012). Reef fishes of the East Indies. Volumes I-III in: Reef fishes of the East Indies. Tropical Reef Research, Perth, Australia. LIRS catalog number 90162.
  • Allen, G., R. Steene, P. Humann and N. Deloach (2003). Reef fish identification: Tropical Pacific New World Publications Inc., Jacksonville, FL, USA.

Other references

  • Caley, M.J. (1995). Community dynamics of tropical reef fishes: local patterns between latitudes, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 129: 7-18. LIRS catalog number 447.
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