Cryptocentrus lutheri (Luther’s shrimpgoby)

Identification

Pale gray to brown elongate body with yellow body bars, pale head with brown blotches and blue speckling, also speckling on the back, yellow pectoral fins. It lives solitary and is very vigilant. When startled it will retreat in its burrow.

Status

Unassessed by the IUCN Red list, but locally common. Not a global species.

Habitat

It can be found in the Western Indian Ocean, the Red Sea and Persian Gulf and as far south as Tanzania. It lives on coral-rich, sandy and rubble bottoms, and never strays far from its burrow, in a depth range of 3-20 meters.

Reproduction

Size

Up to 11cm.

Prey / Predation

Special features

It lives in symbiosis with alpheid shrimps. The goby guards the burrow and the alpheid shrimp maintains it. Both animals profit from it.