Fishes Out of Water
eBook - ePub

Fishes Out of Water

Biology and Ecology of Mudskippers

Zeehan Jaafar, Edward O. Murdy, Zeehan Jaafar, Edward O. Murdy

Share book
  1. 390 pages
  2. English
  3. ePUB (mobile friendly)
  4. Available on iOS & Android
eBook - ePub

Fishes Out of Water

Biology and Ecology of Mudskippers

Zeehan Jaafar, Edward O. Murdy, Zeehan Jaafar, Edward O. Murdy

Book details
Book preview
Table of contents

About This Book

Mudskippers are amphibious fishes native to the Indo-West Pacific and tropical western Africa. Unlike most fishes, mudskippers emerse to forage, find mates, and defend territories. Adaptations to their morphology, physiology and behavior enable mudskippers to accommodate both aquatic and terrestrial habitats. For these traits, mudskippers have long captured the fascination of scientists, naturalists, and fish hobbyists. Some mudskipper taxa (e.g. Periophthalmodon spp., Periophthalmus spp., Boleophthalmus spp.) are readily observed on mudflats and mangrove forests during the ebb tide. Correspondingly, these conspicuous and widespread taxa are relatively well-studied. The autecology and basic biology for the remaing taxa (e.g. Apocryptodon spp. and Oxuderces spp.) are still poorly understood.

Fishes Out of Water: Biology and Ecology of Mudskippers is the first comprehensive book to synthesize published scientific information and observation on these fishes. Two dozen subject experts present thorough overviews in fifteen distinct chapters. Contents span mudskipper anatomy, distribution, systematics, physiology, ecology, and conservation. Unique adaptations to terrestriality are discussed within the context of each chapter foci.

This authoritative reference equips the reader with the basic foundation to understand mudskipper biology and ecology, while providing a framework in which emerging data are discussed. The book will be of interest to a broad range of students, researchers, and professionals in ichthyology, evolution, ecology, animal behavior, and comparative physiology.

Frequently asked questions

How do I cancel my subscription?
Simply head over to the account section in settings and click on “Cancel Subscription” - it’s as simple as that. After you cancel, your membership will stay active for the remainder of the time you’ve paid for. Learn more here.
Can/how do I download books?
At the moment all of our mobile-responsive ePub books are available to download via the app. Most of our PDFs are also available to download and we're working on making the final remaining ones downloadable now. Learn more here.
What is the difference between the pricing plans?
Both plans give you full access to the library and all of Perlego’s features. The only differences are the price and subscription period: With the annual plan you’ll save around 30% compared to 12 months on the monthly plan.
What is Perlego?
We are an online textbook subscription service, where you can get access to an entire online library for less than the price of a single book per month. With over 1 million books across 1000+ topics, we’ve got you covered! Learn more here.
Do you support text-to-speech?
Look out for the read-aloud symbol on your next book to see if you can listen to it. The read-aloud tool reads text aloud for you, highlighting the text as it is being read. You can pause it, speed it up and slow it down. Learn more here.
Is Fishes Out of Water an online PDF/ePUB?
Yes, you can access Fishes Out of Water by Zeehan Jaafar, Edward O. Murdy, Zeehan Jaafar, Edward O. Murdy in PDF and/or ePUB format, as well as other popular books in Ciencias biológicas & Ecología. We have over one million books available in our catalogue for you to explore.


CRC Press


Taxonomy and Systematics Review

Edward O. Murdy and Zeehan Jaafar


1.1 Introduction
1.2 Historical Accounts of Oxudercine Gobies
1.3 Higher Level Relationships
1.4 Sister-Group Relationships
1.5 Relationships among Genera
1.6 Species
Apocryptes Valenciennes in Cuvier and Valenciennes 1837
Apocryptes bato (Hamilton 1822)
Apocryptodon Bleeker 1874
Apocryptodon madurensis (Bleeker 1849)
Apocryptodon punctatus Tomiyama 1934
Apocryptodon wirzi Koumans 1937
Boleophthalmus Valenciennes in Cuvier and Valenciennes 1837
Boleophthalmus birdsongi Murdy 1989
Boleophthalmus boddarti (Pallas 1770)
Boleophthalmus caeruleomaculatus McCulloch and Waite 1918
Boleophthalmus dussumieri Valenciennes in Cuvier and Valenciennes 1837
Boleophthalmus pectinirostris (Linnaeus 1758)
Boleophthalmus poti Polgar, Jaafar and Konstantinidis 2013
Oxuderces Eydoux and Souleyet 1850
Oxuderces dentatus Eydoux and Souleyet 1850
Oxuderces nexipinnis (Cantor 1849)
Parapocryptes Bleeker 1874
Parapocryptes rictuosus (Valenciennes in Cuvier and Valenciennes 1837)
Parapocryptes serperaster (Richardson 1846)
Periophthalmodon Bleeker 1874
Periophthalmodon freycineti (Quoy and Gaimard 1824)
Periophthalmodon schlosseri (Pallas 1770)
Periophthalmodon septemradiatus (Hamilton 1822)
Periophthalmus Bloch and Schneider 1801
Periophthalmus argentilineatus Valenciennes in Cuvier and Valenciennes 1837
Periophthalmus barbarus (Linnaeus 1766)
Periophthalmus chrysospilos Bleeker 1853
Periophthalmus darwini Larson and Takita 2004
Periophthalmus gracilis Eggert 1935
Periophthalmus kalolo Lesson 1831
Periophthalmus magnuspinnatus Lee, Choi, and Ryu 1995
Periophthalmus malaccensis Eggert 1935
Periophthalmus minutus Eggert 1935
Periophthalmus modestus Cantor 1842
Periophthalmus novaeguineaensis Eggert 1935
Periophthalmus novemradiatus (Hamilton 1822)
Periophthalmus pusing Jaafar, Polgar, and Zamroni 2016
Periophthalmus spilotus Murdy and Takita 1999
Periophthalmus takita Jaafar and Larson 2008
Periophthalmus variabilis Eggert 1935
Periophthalmus walailakae Darumas and Tantichodok 2002
Periophthalmus waltoni Koumans 1941
Periophthalmus weberi Eggert 1935
Pseudapocryptes Bleeker 1874
Pseudapocryptes borneensis (Bleeker 1855)
Pseudapocryptes elongatus (Cuvier 1816)
Scartelaos Swainson 1839
Scartelaos cantoris (Day 1871)
Scartelaos gigas Chu and Wu in Chu, Chan, and Chen 1963
Scartelaos histophorus (Valenciennes in Cuvier and Valenciennes 1837)
Scartelaos tenuis (Day 1876)
Zappa Murdy 1989
Zappa confluentus (Roberts 1978)


Oxudercine gobies, commonly known as mudskippers, are tropical and subtropical fishes naturally occurring in shallow sublittoral, littoral, and supralittoral zones of the Indo-Pacific and western Africa. Ten genera—Apocryptes, Apocryptodon, Boleophthalmus, Oxuderces, Parapocryptes, Periophthalmodon, Periophthalmus, Pseudapocryptes, Scartelaos, and Zappa—comprising 43 species, are presently recognized (Jaafar and Parenti 2016; Polgar et al. 2013; Jaafar and Larson 2008; Murdy 1989). These fishes commonly associate with soft-bottom habitats, especially mangrove forests and exposed mudflats. Species such as Periophthalmodon septemradiatus and Periophthalmus weberi also occur further upriver, in areas where salinity is negligible (Larson 2008). Within the Indo-Pacific, mudskippers are distributed longitudinally from the Red Sea/East Africa (40° E) to Samoa/Tonga (165° W) and latitudinally from Japan/South Korea (35° N) to Australia (20° S) (Polgar et al. 2014; Murdy 1989). Along the western African coast, a single species of mudskipper, Periophthalmus barbarus, is recognized and its natural distribution is from Morocco south to northern Angola (Murdy 2016).


The first published account of an oxudercine goby can be traced to a Dutch explorer, de Vlamingh (1701), who reported on his voyage to the Dutch East Indies (specifically Batavia or modern day Jakarta, Indonesia) more than 400 years ago. Subsequent inclusion of oxudercine gobies in early published scientific literature also resulted from European voyages to tropical areas during which flora and fauna native to those locales were collected (Figure 1.1). These organisms, including the mudskippers, were unfamiliar to both voyagers and early European scholars; they were considered novel or at times mystical, and their accounts often featured crude figures and descriptions (Prevost 1747; Valentijn 1726; Ruysch 1718).
Figure 1.1 One of the first, if not the first, mudskipper illustration from the 1690s. (From holthuis l.B. and pietsch t.W. Les planches inédites de poissons et autres animaux marins de l’Indo-Ouest Pacifique d’Isaac Johannes Lamotius, publications scientifiques du Muséum, Muséum national d’histoire naturelle, paris, 2006. courtesy of national Museum of natural history (paris), directorate of libraries and documentation.)
The earliest oxudercine gobies were described by Carl Linnaeus: Gobius pectinirostris (=Boleophthalmus pectinirostris) in 1758 and Gobius barbarus (=Periophthalmus barbarus) in 1766. The type specimen of Gobius pectinirostris is still extant in the Linnaean collection of the Uppsala University, Zoological Museum, Sweden. Important post-Linnaean studies on the systematics of oxudercine gobies include works from prominent ichthyologists, among them, Pallas (1770), Hamilton (1822), and Eggert (1935). Bloch and Schneider (1801) coined the name Periophthalmus and designated a new species they described, Periophthalmus papilio (=Periophthalmus barbarus), as the type species for this genus.


Ichthyologists Albert Günther, Pieter Bleeker, and David Starr Jordan were among the first to propose classification systems based on the interrelationships of goby-like fishes (see Van Tassell et al. 2011, for details). Günther (1861) erec...

Table of contents