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Cryptocentrus leptocephalus, Pinkspotted Shrimp Goby. Scott W. Michael

Family: Gobiidae

Species in Genus Cryptocentrus:

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM


The gobies in this genus are stockier in build and have more capacious mouths than the Amblyeleotris species. As a result, larger Cryptocentrus species are potentially dangerous to ornamental shrimps. They are reported to inhabit more turbid, silty areas than the Amblyeleotris species.

The Cryptocentrus species also differ in their aquarium behavior. They tend to be more aggressive toward other gobies and smaller bottom-dwelling fishes. If you keep more than one member of this genus in the same aquarium, add them simultaneously or introduce the smaller individual first.

An aquarium with a larger surface area (more usable living space) with lots of hiding places will increase your likelihood of success in keeping these fishes. When initially introduced to the aquarium, it is not unusual for these gobies to hide whenever you enter the room. But they will gradually become accustomed to your presence and allow you to observe them at close range.

Because these gobies are typically found in relatively shallow water, they will feel right at home in brightly lit reef aquariums.

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Family Gobiidae  +
Image credit SWM  +
Reference A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes  +
Text credit SWM  +

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