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Mudskipper

We are currently home to one mudskipper

Location in the Zoo

Can be found in the tanks in Brilliant Birds

In the Wild

Mudskippers, (Periophthalmus barbarus) live in the tropical Atlantic coasts of Africa, through the Indian Ocean and into the western Pacific Ocean to Guam. They live in
marine, fresh and brackish waters of tidal flats in mangrove forests.

Both sexes are a brownish mud-colour to camouflage with their surroundings. Their front fins double as legs on land. Their rear fins can be joined to act as a sucker and help them climb.

They eat insects, crustaceans and worms. They sit motionless waiting for insects and then chase them into the mud. Adults have full 360° vision. Although they are amphibious they spend most of their time out of the water and use their fins to walk on land.

They lay their eggs in mud burrows. As the young fish develop their eyes move to the top of their head. 



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Status

Not Endangered NE
Data Deficient DD
Least Concern LC
Near Threatened NT
Vulnerable VU
Endangered EN
Critically Endangered CR
Extinct in the wild EW
Extinct EX

Least Concern

For more info on classifications visit www.iucnredist.org

Size

No Size facts available for this animal.

Population

Population is unknown, IUCN May 2009

Habitat

  • Rivers and Wetlands

    Rivers and Wetlands

Diet

Insectivore Insectivore
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