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Atlantic Mudskipper (P. barbarus)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Superclass: Osteichthyes
Class: Actinopterygii
Superorder: Acanthopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Suborder: Gobioidei
Family: Gobiidae
Subfamily: Oxudercinae
Genus: Periophthalmus
Bloch & J. G. Schneider, 1801
Type species
Periophthalmus papilio
Bloch & J. G. Schneider, 1801
  • Euchoristopus T. N. Gill, 1863

Periophthalmus is a genus of mudskippers native to the mangrove forests along the coasts of Africa, India, and Southern Asia. All species under the genus are aggressive and territorial.[1]


There are currently 18 recognized species in this genus:[2]


  1. ^ Neale Monks. "Mudskippers". Retrieved February 28, 2012. 
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2013). Species of Periophthalmus in FishBase. June 2013 version.
  3. ^ H.K. Larson & T. Takita. 2004. "Two new species of Periophthalmus (Teleostei: Gobiidae: Oxudercinae) from northern Australia, and a re-diagnosis of Periophthalmus novaeguineaensis." The Beagle (Rec. Mus. Art Galleries N. Terr.) 20: 175-185.
  4. ^ Z. Jaafar & H.K. Larson. 2008. "A New Species of Mudskipper, Periophthalmus takita (Teleostei: Gobiidae: Oxudercinae), from Australia, with a Key to the Genus". Zoological Science, 25: 946–952.
  5. ^ U. Darumas & P. Tantichodok. 2002. "A new species of mudskipper (Gobiidae: Oxudercinae) from southern Thailand". Phuket March Biol. Center Res. Bull. 64: 101-107.

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