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Periophthalmus argentilineatus Thailand.jpg
Periophthalmus variabilis
Periophthalmus barbarus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Gobiidae
Subfamily: Oxudercinae
Genus: Periophthalmus
Bloch & J. G. Schneider, 1801
Type species
Periophthalmus papilio
Bloch & J. G. Schneider, 1801

Euchoristopus Gill, 1863

Periophthalmus is a genus of fish in the family Gobiidae, commonly known as 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 19 recognized species in this genus:


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2016). Species of Periophthalmus in FishBase. June 2016 version.
  2. ^ Larson, H.K. & Takita, T. (2004): Two New Species of Periophthalmus (Teleostei: Gobiidae: Oxudercinae) from Northern Australia, and a re-diagnosis of Periophthalmus novaeguineaensis. The Beagle: Records of the Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory, 20: 175-185.
  3. ^ Polgar, G., Zane, L., Babbucci, M., Barbisan, F., Patarnello, T., Rüber, L. & Papetti, C. (2014): Phylogeography and demographic history of two widespread Indo-Pacific mudskippers (Gobiidae: Periophthalmus). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 73: 161–176.
  4. ^ Jaafar, Z., Polgar, G. & Zamroni, Y. (2016): Description of a new species of Periophthalmus (Teleostei: Gobiidae) from the Lesser Sunda Islands. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, 64: 278–283.
  5. ^ Jaafar, Z. & Larson, H.K. (2008): A New Species of Mudskipper, Periophthalmus takita (Teleostei: Gobiidae: Oxudercinae), from Australia, with a Key to the Genus. Zoological Science, 25 (9): 946–952.
  6. ^ Darumas, U. & Tantichodok, P. (2002): A new species of mudskipper (Gobiidae: Oxudercinae) from southern Thailand. Phuket Marine Biology Center, Research Bulletin No. 64: 101-107.