Sunday, 2 November 2008

Giant Mudskipper (Periophthalmodon schlosseri)

Adult Giant Mudskipper (Periophthalmodon schlosseri) at Malacca, Malaysia - July 2016

Local Name (Malay): Ikan Belacak Gargasi ("Giant Mud-fish")
Weight: ?
Length: 27cm
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Not Yet Evaluated 

The Giant Mudskipper is the largest member of it's family in the region and found on muddy shores around the region.  The mudskippers are are members of the the goby family that have specialised into being able to survive out of water for extended periods of time through a number of specialised adaptations including pectoral fins that function as primitive legs and the ability to breathe through their skin and the lining of their mouth as long as they are wet.  When the tide is high they live in muddy burrows to evade preadators.

Related Species:
Order: Perciformes
Family: Gobioidei
Genus: Periophthalmodon

 - Sighting Locations -
MALAYSIA - A locally common resident.
 - MALAYSIA/SINGAPORE 2016 TRIP: Abundant near the river mouth in Malacca

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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