Target shrimp goby (species: Cryptocentrus strigilliceps) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Cryptocentrus strigilliceps
Target shrimp goby

©Anne Hoggett: Cryptocentrus strigilliceps at Watson's Bay, Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Cryptocentrus strigilliceps at Loomis, Lizard Island lagoon (12 Mar 2016)

©Rick Stuart-Smith: Cryptocentrus strigilliceps, Lizard Island area
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Gobiidae
Genus Cryptocentrus
Species Cryptocentrus strigilliceps



Distinguishing features

A shrimpgoby with a distinctive dark blue or black ocellated spot on side, with several smaller less intense spots in a row behind.


  • Up to 12 cm (Length)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

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.

Other references

  • Caley, M.J. (1991). Mechanisms of coexistence in communities of coral-reef fishes, Ph.D. thesis, University of Sydney. LIRS catalog number 307.
  • 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.