Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Gobiidae
(Gobies) > Gobiinae
Etymology: Cryptocentrus: Greek, kryptos = hidden + Greek, kentron = sting (Ref. 45335); multicinctus: Name from Latin word meaning many-belts or zones; referring to the diagnostic barred colour pattern which is most evident in the female.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; reef-associated(Ref. 92356). Tropical, preferred ?
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri
Western Pacific: Palau, Indonesia, Marshall Is. and Papua New Guinea.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 9.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 92356); 5.9 cm SL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 6 - 7;
soft rays: 9. Characterized by the following: dorsal rays VI-I,10; anal rays I,9; pectoral rays 16; scales in longitudinal series 79-83; predorsal scales 22-28; all scales cycloid; anterior part of breast,
prepelvic region, and pectoral-fin base naked; head naked except side of nape and predorsal region, these scales extending anteriorly to about level of middle of opercle; body depth at pelvic-fin origin 5.4-5.6 in SL; vomerine teeth present; gill opening extending forward to a vertical at posterior edge of preopercle or slightly anterior; dorsal spines progressively longer to fourth, longest 1.0-1.55 in HL; caudal fin lanceolate, 3.1-3.3 in SL; pectoral fins reaching to level of interdorsal space, 4.3-4.8 in SL; pelvic fins reaching posteriorly to between anus and anal-fin origin, 3.1-4.2 in SL; colour pattern features of freshly collected female: general olive colour, 5-6 oblique rows of blue lines and spots on side of head, about six brown bars on body with narrow whitish margins; brownish blotch on caudal peduncle, sometimes with scattered small blue spots on body; brown to greenish median fins with blue streaks corresponding with fin rays, and yellow margin on first dorsal fin; male similar, ground colour often pale (light green to nearly whitish); pattern of dark and pale bars less distinct and side with numerous, widely scattered small blue spots. (Ref. 92356).
Collected specimens were found near the wreck of a Japanese ship on a silty sand bottom in 4 m depth. Observed generally in pairs that share their burrows with a very active, unidentified species of alpheid shrimp (Ref. 92356).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Allen, G.R. and J.E. Randall, 2011. Two new species of shrimp-associated gobies (Gobiidae: Cryptocentrus) from the Western Pacific. Marine Biology Research 7(6):554-564. (Ref. 92356)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
CountriesFAO areasEcosystemsOccurrencesIntroductionsStocksEcologyDietFood itemsFood consumptionRation
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ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00589 (0.00266 - 0.01303), b=3.12 (2.93 - 3.31), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.3 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (24 of 100) .