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Phylum Chordata > Subphylum Vertebrate > fishes > Family Gobiidae
Pink-speckled shrimp-goby
Cryptocentrus leptocephalus
Family Gobiidae
updated Sep 2020

Where seen? This beautiful, slim long goby lives with a shrimp and is sometimes seen on our Southern shores. Elsewhere it is found in silty bottoms of mangroves, large tidal pools or inner reef lagoons, on sand and rubble. Synonyms of this fish are C. obliquus and C. singapurensis.

Features: To about 8cm (according to FishBase, up to 12cm), those seen on our shores about 4-6cm. About 6 broad oblique bars on the body and the head has many bright pink bars and spots as well as many tiny blue dots.

Sometimes seen sharing a burrow
with a Many-band snapping shrimp.
Kusu Island, Aug 08

Kusu Island, Jul 09
Living with a shrimp: This fish is often seen sharing a burrow with a Many-band snapping shrimp. The burrow is near the mid-water mark. More about the goby and shrimp partnership.

Caught by Dog-faced water snake..
Pulau Semakau, Oct 13

Photo shared by James Koh on flickr.

Pink-speckled shrimp-gobies on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores


Sisters Island, Jan 11
Photo shared by Neo Mei Lin on her blog.

Cyrene Reef Dec 15
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

Cyrene Reef, Sep 20
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.

 

Pulau Semakau (South), Jan 20

Photo shared by Liz Lim on facebook.


Pulau Semakau, Aug 11

Photo shared by Russel Low on facebook.

Terumbu Semakau, Dec 15
Photo shared by Russel Low on facebook.


Terumbu Pempang Tengah, May 11

Photo shared by Liana Tang on facebook.

Beting Bemban Besar, May 11
Photo shared by James Koh on his blog.


Terumbu Pempang Laut, Jun 14
Photo shared by Marcus Ng on flickr..

Pulau Sudong, Dec 08
Photo shared by Ivan Kwan on his flickr.

Links
References
  • Larson, Helen K and Kelvin K. P. Lim. 2005. A Guide to Gobies of Singapore. Singapore Science Centre. 164pp.
  • Allen, Gerry, 2000. Marine Fishes of South-East Asia: A Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Periplus Editions. 292 pp.
  • Lieske, Ewald and Robert Myers. 2001. Coral Reef Fishes of the World Periplus Editions. 400pp.
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