Thursday, February 19, 2009

Mudskippers @ Gurney Drive

Yesterday local newspaper has been reporting that there are frequent sights of mudskippers along the walls of Gurney Drive. It's quite a strange thing to me as I have already witnessed it since many years ago when I went there, just that now only those 'experts' are making a fuss of it. Haha.

Well, in case you didn't know, mudskipper is the name for several fishes of the genus Periophthalmus, of the goby goby, common name for a member of the family Gobiidae, small marine fishes familiar in shallow waters, especially along southern shores. Gobies may be either scaled or scaleless; all species have the ventral fins modified into a sucking disk, as in the clingfish, mostly found in coastal waters of the Indian and Pacific oceans. They live chiefly on mud flats and in brackish mangrove swamps and are adapted for remaining on dry land when the tide goes out.
They have no special air-breathing organs, but absorb oxygen through the skin and gill chambers as long as these remain moist. When out of water, mudskippers use the fleshy bases of their pectoral fins for propulsion on the ground, and members of the larger species can skip faster than a person can move. The mudskipper's diet includes insects and small fish. About 8 in. (20 cm) long, it is olive brown, often with bluish markings. Its protruding, mobile eyes give it a froglike appearance.

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