Cryptocentrus multicinctus Allen & Randall, 2011
Multibarred shrimpgoby
photo by Allen, G.R.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  9 cm SL (male/unsexed); 5.85 cm SL (female)
Environment:  reef-associated
Distribution:  Western Pacific: Palau, Indonesia, Marshall Is. and Papua New Guinea.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 6-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-10; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 9-9. 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).
Biology:  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).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 30.05.13

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