Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Blue-spotted Mudskipper

Blue-spotted Mudskippers (Boleophthalmus boddarti) are commonly encountered on the mudflats in our mangrove habitats. At low tides, they could be seen moving their head from side to side. This allows them to skim a thin layer of algae from the mud surface. They are mainly herbivorous, feeding on algae and fungal material. Small invertebrates also form part of their diet.




Blue-spotted Mudskippers have great affinity to water and are less adapted to terrestrial breathing than other mudskipper species. This is why they are found near water and will periodically enter the water to wet their gills as shown in the picture. They retreat into their burrows at high tides.




I am amazed by their vigorous display patterns of erected dorsal fins that looked like sails and the bright blue spots on their body. They are certainly one of the more conspicuously coloured mudskipper species in Singapore.


Pictures taken at: Khatib Bongsu, April 2006 and Sarimbun Mangrove, January 2007


References:

Ip, Y. K., S. F. Chew, L. L. Lim & W. P. Low, 1990. ‘The Mudskipper’, in Essays In Zoology. Papers Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Department of Zoology, National University of Singapore, eds, L. M. Chou & P. K. L. Ng, Department of Zoology, National University of Singapore.

Larson, H. K. & K. K. P. Lim, 2005. A Guide to Gobies of Singapore. Singapore Science Centre.

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Anonymous said...

i love those pictures i wanted to know if theyll aet insects and feeders. and what they can go with

matinggeckos said...

Hi,

These mudskippers feed mainly on algae and other small invertebrates (which probably includes small insects) they can find on the muddy substrate.

Anonymous said...

i have 1. got it today, never knew it was a herbivore XD. pet shop owner didnt care to tell me, or didnt know. but im glad i have 1. its a baby so itll grow. but tell me, could they eat blood worms (frozen), aswell as other small (dead) worms?

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