Dwarf Indian Mudskipper Periophthalmus novemradiatus

Dwarf Indian Mudskipper
Dwarf Indian Mudskipper
Dwarf Indian Mudskipper
There are several species of mudskippers, all amphibious and living on tidal flats or in fresh or brackish coastal areas. They can (and seem to prefer to) breathe air through skin and mouth, as long as they can keep moist and keep water bubbles in their gills. The Dwarf Indian Mudskipper, also called Pearse's Mudskipper, is native to coastal waters of eastern India, Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar, Indonesia and the Philippines, and grows to length of some 6-8cm.
Dwarf Indian Mudskipper
Dwarf Indian Mudskipper
Dwarf Indian Mudskipper
Mudskippers use their modified pectoral and pelvic fins to "walk" or skip on land. The "novemradiatus" refers to nine rays of the male's first dorsal fin which he raises in territorial disputes. Unusually for fish, they can roll their eyes in the sockets to keep them moist (since fish don't blink). The eyes on the top of their head give nearly all round vision.