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.