Cryptocentrus leptocephalus Bleeker, 1876
Pink-speckled shrimpgoby
Cryptocentrus leptocephalus
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  12 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 0 - 18 m
Distribution:  Western Pacific: Indonesia to New Caledonia, north to the Yaeyama Islands, south to northwestern Australia. Recently recorded from Tonga (Ref. 53797).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 6-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-11; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 10-11. Characterized by pale brownish green body color grading to whitish ventrally; 6-7 diffuse brownish bars on side; head, back and dorsal fins with pale-edged pink to red spots and smaller white spots; blue-edged orange to brown spots on first dorsal fin; united pelvic fins, presence of frenum; longitudinal scale series 77-92; head without scales; greatest depth of body 5.4-6.0 in SL; rounded caudal fin, longer than head length (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Found on silty bottoms of coastal reefs and inner reef flats (Ref. 9710). Inhabits coastal waters, including mangroves, large tidal pools or inner reef lagoons, on sand and rubble substrates (Ref. 48637). Also found in sheltered sand and mud bottoms to 10 m (Ref 90102).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 27 August 2020 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:  Also Ref. 52881.

Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 20.12.96
Modified by: Casal, Christine Marie V. - 13.04.18

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