Tag: Gold-Speckled Shrimp Goby (Ctenogobiops Pomastictus)

The Gold-Speckled Shrimp Goby (Ctenogobiops Aurocingulus) is perhaps one of the most common Goby species in local waters, where it is found both at shallow inshore reef areas and at deeper offshore sites at depths in excess of 25m.

Although common, the Gold-Speckled Shrimp Goby is very similar in appearance to a few of its relatives, particularly the Gold-Streaked Shrimp Goby (C. Aurocingulus) and Silverspot Shrimp Goby (C. Crocineus).

Growing to a maximum length of around 8cm, this species live in a symbiotic relationship with a Pistol (Alpheid) Shrimp and are usually found in pairs.

The main distinguishing features (many of which vary little from the other species mentioned above) are an overall pale gray/white colouration with horizontal rows of elliptical brownish spots encircled by tiny neon blue spots.

There are orange spots between the larger elliptical spots and also a distinctive white mark at the base of the pectoral fins.

Note: Due to the very close similarity between the species mentioned above, the identification of this species as C. Pomastictus is far from conclusive. I have changed my mind on numerous occasions already, and am likely to do so again every time i try to revisit this!

The Gold-Speckled Shrimp Goby (Ctenogobiops Aurocingulus) is perhaps one of the most common Goby species in local waters, where it is found both at shallow inshore reef areas and at deeper offshore sites at depths in excess of 25m.

Although common, the Gold-Speckled Shrimp Goby is very similar in appearance to a few of its relatives, particularly the Gold-Streaked Shrimp Goby (C. Aurocingulus) and Silverspot Shrimp Goby (C. Crocineus).

Growing to a maximum length of around 8cm, this species live in a symbiotic relationship with a Pistol (Alpheid) Shrimp and are usually found in pairs.

The main distinguishing features (many of which vary little from the other species mentioned above) are an overall pale gray/white colouration with horizontal rows of elliptical brownish spots encircled by tiny neon blue spots.

There are orange spots between the larger elliptical spots and also a distinctive white mark at the base of the pectoral fins.

Note: Due to the very close similarity between the species mentioned above, the identification of this species as C. Pomastictus is far from conclusive. I have changed my mind on numerous occasions already, and am likely to do so again every time i try to revisit this!

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Gold-Speckled (Ctenogobiops Pomastictus)

This photo taken at Mae Haad/Koh Ma reef shows a Gold-Speckled (Ctenogobiops Pomastictus) guards the entrance to the burrow it shares with the Pistol (Alpheid) Shrimp in the foreground.