Giant mudskipper

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Giant mudskipper
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Giant mudskipper at Bako National Park in Malaysia
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Gobiiformes
Family: Oxudercidae
Genus: Periophthalmodon
Species: P. schlosseri
Binomial name
Periophthalmodon schlosseri
Synonyms
  • Gobius schlosseri Pallas, 1770
  • Periophthalmus schlosseri (Pallas, 1770)

The giant mudskipper (Periophthalmodon schlosseri) is a species of mudskipper native to the tropical shores of the eastern Indian Ocean and the western Pacific Ocean where it occurs in marine, brackish and fresh waters. It is most frequently found along muddy shores in estuaries as well as in the tidal zones of rivers. It lives in a burrow in the mud and emerges from the burrow at low tide on sunny days. It can move quickly across a muddy surface and is capable of breathing both in and out of water. The giant mudskipper can grow to a length of 27 centimetres (11 in) TL. This species is of minor importance to local commercial fisheries.[1] The specific name honours the Dutch physician and naturalist Johann Albert Schlosser (1733-1769), who was a friend of Peter Simon Pallas and who received the type from the East Indies and sent it to Pallas.[2]


References[edit]

  1. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Periophthalmodon schlosseri" in FishBase. June 2013 version.
  2. ^ Christopher Scharpf; Kenneth J. Lazara (24 July 2018). "Order GOBIIFORMES: Family OXUDERCIDAE (p-z)". The ETYFish Project Fish Name Etymology Database. Christopher Scharpf and Kenneth J. Lazara. Retrieved 13 August 2018.