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A list of my favorite images of Mudskippers.
Mudskippers are amphibious fish, presently included in the subfamily Oxudercinae, within the family Gobiidae (gobies).
Mudskippers can be defined as oxudercine gobies that are "fully terrestrial for some portion of the daily cycle". This would define the species of the genera Boleophthalmus, Periophthalmodon, Periophthalmus and Scartelaos as "mudskippers". However, field observations of Zappa confluentus suggest that also this monotypic genus should be included in this definition.
These genera presently include 32 species:
Bo’s Great Mudskipper
Dusky Gilled Mudskipper
Green-spotted Great Mudskipper
Indian Ocean Slender Mudskipper
New Guinea Mudskipper
North Australian Great Mudskipper
Scaled-isthmus Teethed Mudskipper
Mudskippers use their pectoral fins and pelvic fins to walk on land. They typically live in intertidal habitats, and exhibit unique adaptations to this environment that are not found in most intertidal fishes, which typically survive the retreat of the tide by hiding under wet seaweed or in tide pools.
Mudskippers are quite active when out of water, feeding and interacting with one another, for example, to defend their territories and court potential partners.
They are found in tropical, subtropical, and temperate regions, including the Indo-Pacific and the Atlantic coast of Africa.
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