Luther’s shrimpgoby


Name: Luther’s shrimpgoby

Local name: Nabbat

Scientific name: Cryptocentrus lutheri

Classification: Class: ray-finned fishes; Order: perch-likes; Family: gobies (Gobiidae)

Size: It attains a total length of 11 cm.


It is the most common shrimp goby in the Arabian Gulf, inhabiting sandy substrates in protected inshore and offshore areas at depths down to 20 m. It is often found near coral assemblages or seagrass beds, and shares a burrow with an alpheid shrimp.


This species is restricted to the Western Indian Ocean, from the Red Sea and East Africa in the west, to the Arabian Gulf in the east.

Conservation status:

It has not yet been assessed globally by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. In a regional assessment for the Arabian Gulf it was classified as Least Concern (LC).


: The body is elongate and covered with scales. There is no lateral line, but the head has many sensory pores and papillae. The first dorsal fin is higher than second one, and the caudal fin is rounded. In adults there are eight dark brown bars on the body, which are broader than the pale whitish to yellowish interspaces, a midlateral row of eight black spots, and numerous scattered dark-edged blue dots and spots. The head is often covered with irregular, diagonal, orange bars.