Atlantic Mudskipper

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Periophthalmus barbarus - (Linnaeus, 1766)
Atlantic Mudskipper

Brackishwater species from the west coast of Africa. ESV/Wikimedia Commons/GNU

[edit] Overview

Mudskippers are fascinating brackish-water fishes that require a specially set up aquarium to survive. They are worth keeping only if you can offer them a large system that includes both an above-water shoreline and swimming sections.

Family: Gobiidae

Other common name(s):

Native range:

Habitat: Mangrove swamps with exposed mudflats where mudskippers crawl out to hunt insects, even climbing branches and small tree shoots. An aquarium for them must include a moist artificial mud beach where they can practice their natural behaviors.

Maximum length: 25 cm (10 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 285 L (75 gal)

Water: Brackish 25 °C (298 K, 77 °F) - 30 °C (303 K, 86 °F)

General swimming level: Emerges from water to walk on mudflats.

[edit] Feeding

Carnivore. Feeds on insects, crustaceans, worms.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

Best kept in their own species tank.

[edit] Breeding/Propagation

Reported to spawn in burrows.

[edit] Notes

Not a good candidate for a conventional aquarium.

Also known as Periophthalmus papilio.

Reference: 101 Best Tropical Fishes
Image credit: GNU
Text credit: KW
Facts about Atlantic MudskipperRDF feed
Common name Atlantic Mudskipper  +
Family Gobiidae  +
Genus Periophthalmus  +
Image credit GNU  +
Maximum length 10 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 75 gal  +
Native range West Africa  +, Senegal  +, and Angola  +
Reference 101 Best Tropical Fishes  +
Specific name barbarus  +
Swimming level Emerges from water to walk on mudflats.  +
Text credit KW  +
Water max temp 303 K (30 °C, 86 °F)  +
Water min temp 298 K (25 °C, 77 °F)  +
Water type Brackish  +