Cryptocentrus caeruleomaculatus (Herre, 1933)
Blue-speckled prawn-goby
photo by Ryanskiy, A.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  10 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 0 - 6 m
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: East Africa to the Marianas, north to southern Japan.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 6-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-10; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 9-9. Characterized by generally greyish brown color with irregular greenish-brown bars and narrow pale spaces between; large black spots on side , mid-lateral row; head with pink spots; head and body with blue dots; united pelvic fins, presence of frenum; longitudinal scale series 56-65; head without scales; greatest depth of body 4.3 in SL; rounded caudal fin, about equal to head length (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Occurs in shallow lagoons and coastal bays, usually in areas with runoffs (Ref. 48637).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 13 March 2015 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 20.12.96
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 02.04.13

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