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Shrimp or Watchman Gobies of the Genera Asterropteryx, Cryptocentrus & Ctenogobiops 

 

By Bob Fenner

 

Genus Asterropteryx:

Asterropteryx ensifera (Bleeker 1874), the Blue-speckled Rubble Goby. East Indo-West Pacific; Andaman Sea, New Guinea, Indonesia, Southern Japan. To 35 mm. in length. This one in N. Sulawesi. 

Asterropteryx ensiferus (Bleeker 1874), the Bluedot Goby To 3 cm. Asterropteryx sp. In N. Sulawesi

http://fishbase.org/summary/Asterropteryx-ensifera.html#comment

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Genus Cryptocentrus: Twenty two species.

Cryptocentrus caeruleopunctatus  
Cryptocentrus cinctus (Herre 1936), the Yellow Prawn Goby. West Pacific; Singapore to Micronesia. To three inches in length. Aquarium images. A very common offering in the pet-fish interest. Come in yellow and blue varieties.

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Cryptocentrus fasciatus (Playfair 1867), the (Y) Barred Shrimp Goby. Western Pacific; Malaysia to New Caledonia. To fourteen cm. long. Lembeh Strait pic. http://fishbase.org/Summary/speciesSummary.php?ID=12679&genusname=Cryptocentrus& speciesname=fasciatus

Cryptocentrus leptocephalus Bleeker 1876. Western Pacific; Malaysia to New Caledonia. To four inches long. Aquarium images in Fiji and New Jersey. 

Genus Ctenogobiops: Six species. 

Ctenogobiops crocineus Smith 1959. Indo-west Pacific. Red Sea to Micronesia, the Ryukyus. To 5.5 cm, 2 1/4 in. in length. Fiji image. 

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Ctenogobiops feroculus Lubbock & Polunin 1977, the Sandy Prawn Goby. Indo-West Pacific; Red Sea to Micronesia. To two and a half inches in  length. Here with its alpheid symbiont in the Maldives. 

Ctenogobiops tangaroai  Lubbock & Polunin 1977, the Tangaroa Prawn Goby. A popular shrimp goby species in the aquarium interest. Tropical Pacific Ocean. To two and a half inches in length. Aquarium image. 

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