Yellow Shrimp Goby

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Cryptocentrus cinctus - (Herre, 1936)
Yellow Shrimp Goby

Also known as the Yellow Watchman Goby and seen in various color forms. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

This is a wonderful shrimp goby that comes in a variety of different color morphs—yellow, gray or brown, with blue spots. Sometimes available as a mated pair with a commensal shrimp to share their den.

Family: Gobiidae

Other common name(s):

  • Banded Shrimp Goby
  • Yellow Watchman Goby
  • Yellow Prawn Goby

Native range:

Habitat: Reef-sand interface. Provide some burrows or holes near the aquarium bottom where this fish can hide if you do not keep it with its partner shrimp.

Maximum length: 10 cm (4 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 38 L (10 gal)

Water: Marine 24 °C (297 K, 75 °F) - 28 °C (301 K, 82 °F)

General swimming level: Bottom.

[edit] Feeding

Carnivore. Feed meaty fresh and frozen foods—which will be eaten by both fish and shrimp—at least once a day.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

This species will not bother unrelated fish species. However, it may fight with other gobies, especially if space is limited. If you keep it with other shrimp gobies, be sure that all tank residents have appropriate places to hide so there is no bickering over shelter sites. It will fight with members of its own kind, unless the fish are members of the opposite sex or your tank is large enough for individuals to put some distance between one another. It is not a threat to ornamental invertebrates.

[edit] Breeding/Propagation

Demersal (on or near the bottom) spawners that tend and protect their broods.

[edit] Notes

This goby will spend much of its time at the entrance of a preferred hole or burrow, whether it is kept with a snapping shrimp or not. It will rise off the bottom to snatch passing food items. They have been known to jump from an open aquarium.

Reference: 101 Best Saltwater Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Yellow Shrimp GobyRDF feed
Common name Yellow Shrimp Goby  +, Banded Shrimp Goby  +, Yellow Watchman Goby  +, and Yellow Prawn Goby  +
Family Gobiidae  +
Genus Cryptocentrus  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 4 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 10 gal  +
Native range Indian Ocean  +, Western Pacific  +, Yaeyama Islands  +, Singapore  +, Great Barrier Reef  +, Palau  +, and Truk  +
Reference 101 Best Saltwater Fishes  +
Specific name cinctus  +
Swimming level Bottom.  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +