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Phylum Chordata > Subphylum Vertebrate > fishes > Family Gobiidae > mudskippers
Dusky-gilled mudskipper
Periophthalmus variabilis*

Family Gobiidae
updated Sep 2020

Where seen? A small, well camouflaged mudskipper that is commonly seen near mangroves and other silty shores. Sometimes also seen on seawalls and rocky shores. Previously identified as Periophthalmus novemradiatus (Pearse's mudskipper).

Features: 4-6cm. A small mudskipper with iridiscent bluish speckles on their head and body. Its pectoral and tail fins are reddish at the edges. The fish is only positively identified by looking at their underside, to see the blackish area near the gills. More about how to tell apart small mudskippers commonly found on our shores.

Pasir Park, Oct 09

Pectoral fins are reddish at the edges
Pulau Semakau, Oct 05

*Species are difficult to positively identify without close examination.
On this website, they are grouped by external features for convenience of display.

Dusky-gilled mudskippers on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr


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