This medium-sized mudskipper is sometimes seen in some of our mangroves.
It is also called the Barred mudskipper.
Features: 4-6cm, to about 9cm
long, it has bright silvery fine vertical bars along the sides of
the body. More about how to tell apart small
mudskippers commonly found on our shores.
The mudskipper is said to have a homing behavior and found in brackish
mud flats in mangrove and nipa palm areas. Occasionally in the lower
parts of freshwater streams. It actively moves back and forth between
rock pools and air and is said to be able to stay out of water for
more than a day if it is kept moist.
What does it eat? It feeds on worms, crustaceans and insects.
Silver-lined babies: According
to Gianluca Polgar, the male mudskipper digs a burrow in mudflats
not covered by mangrove vegetation. To attract a female he may jump
with the fins spread or waggle his tail. If a female finds him suitable,
she will enter the burrow to lay the eggs. Eventually, only the male
guards the eggs, always remaining nearby and maintaining an air phase
in the underground egg chamber. During high tide, when the nest is
submerged, the male hides in the burrow.
Pulau Semakau, Mar 09
Bright silvery fine bars along
the side of the body.