Goldspeckled Shrimpgoby (species: Ctenogobiops pomastictus) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Ctenogobiops pomastictus
Goldspeckled Shrimpgoby

©Anne Hoggett: Ctenogobiops pomastictus at Watson's Bay, Lizard Island. Note bright white spot on pectoral fin and pairs of gold spots encircled with brown between the dark dashes on the midline/

©Tom Bridge: Goldspeckled Shrimpgoby with alpheid shrimp at Lizard Island. The bright white patch at the base of the pectoral fin is conspicuous.

©Anne Hoggett: Ctenogobiops pomastictus at Cobia Hole, Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Gobiidae
Genus Ctenogobiops
Species Ctenogobiops pomastictus



Distinguishing features

Cheek with two rows of brown spots. Pale with rows of brown oval spots (sometimes encircled by tiny blueish spots), small gold spots encircled with brown between the oval spots along the midside. A bright white spot at the base of the pectoral fin.


  • Up to 7 cm (length)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.


Similar taxa


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island: Abundant in sand adjacent to reef areas in the lagoon.

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Allen, G., R. Steene, P. Humann and N. Deloach (2003). Reef fish identification: Tropical Pacific New World Publications Inc., Jacksonville, FL, USA.

Other references

  • Depczynski, M. (2006). Small cryptic fishes on coral reefs: a new perspective on reef fish ecology and life histories, Ph.D. thesis, James Cook University. LIRS catalog number 1070.
  • Depczynski, M. and D.R. Bellwood (2005). Wave energy and spatial variability in community structure of small cryptic coral reef fishes, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 303: 283-293. LIRS catalog number 932.
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