seen? This large
spotted mudskipper is sometimes seen in our mangroves, or on mudflats
and sandflats near mangroves.
Features: To about 13cm long,
those seen about 8-10cm. It has a greyish body with scattered yellowish
spots all over the 'cheeks' and body. There are brownish spots on
the upper body. No irridescent blue spots. The
first dorsal fin has a rounded margin, is brownish red with a broad
black band and narrow white margin. The second dorsal fin has a black
stripe in the middle. The two dorsal fins are well separated. The
pelvic fins form a complete disk.
Sometimes mistaken for and It
was previously mistaken as juveniles of the Giant
mudskipper (Periophthalmodon schlosseri). Unlike the Giant
mudskipper, the Yellow-spotted mudskipper does not have a broad black
band along the body length and lacks the white-bluish, iridescent
speckles often seen on the Giant mudskipper's cheeks.
Juvenile Yellow-spotted mudskippers can also be mistaken for other
small mudskippers. More
about how to tell apart small mudskippers
commonly found on our shores.
It is said to be nocturnal, leaving its burrow at night to forage
and returning to the burrow in the morning. But this pair in the photo
on Chek Jawa were frolicking out in the mid-day sun with the incoming
tide, among other kinds of mudskippers.
Chek Jawa, Oct 07
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Feb 05
Juveniles often mistaken for other mudskippers.
Pasir Ris, Oct 09
*Species are difficult
to positively identify without close examination.
On this website, they are grouped by external features for convenience of
mudskippers on Singapore shores