This delightful spotted fish is commonly seen on many of our shores.
It tends to move around in groups, often in amusing 'herds', nervously
moving just out of your reach. Sometimes they move in a line, following
what seems to be the leader. On all kinds of shores including rocky
shores, sandy areas near mangroves and seagrasses, as well as on coral
rubble areas near reefs.
Features: 6-12cm. Gaily speckled
with orange spots on 'cheeks' and the underside of the body. The male
raises his bright orange-and-black dorsal fin to court females and
intimidate rival males. The mudskipper digs a burrow on soft mud flats,
spitting out balls of mud as it digs out the hole. One mudskipper
was seen to spit out mud missiles at an intruder! Here's video
clips of this mud-slinging.
What does it eat? It eats small
crabs, prawns and insects.
Dorsal fins used to communicate with one another.
Chek Jawa, Mar 11
Bulbous eyes high on the head.
Kusu Island, Jun 05
mudskippers on Singapore shores
Raffles Lighthouse, Jul 06
Pulau Semakau, Mar 09
mudballs as it digs a burrow.
Chek Jawa, Jan 10
Photo shared by James Koh on his
Sometimes seen moving in a group.
Pulau Semakau, Dec04
clips and more photos of gold-spotted mudskippers on Singapore shores
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