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name for fish of several genera in the subfamily Oxudercinae of the gobygoby,
common name for a member of the family Gobiidae, small marine fishes familiar in shallow waters, especially along southern shores. Gobies may be either scaled or scaleless; all species have the ventral fins modified into a sucking disk, as in the clingfish of the family
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 family, found in coastal waters of the Indian and Pacific oceans and on the Atlantic coast of Africa. The typically drab-colored fish live chiefly on mud flats and in brackish mangrove swamps and are adapted for remaining on dry land when the tide goes out. They are relatively small; the largest reaches 10 in. (25 cm). They have no special air-breathing organs, but absorb oxygen through the skin and gill chambers as long as these remain moist. When out of water, mudskippers use the fleshy bases of their pectoral fins for propulsion on the ground, and members of the larger species can skip faster than a person can move. Protruding, mobile eyes give mudskippers a froglike appearance. Their diet includes insects and small fish. Mudskippers are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Actinopterygii, order Perciformes, family Gobiidae.
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The nine chapters in the sections on General Biology and Ecology review an array of topics for which gobies are already well-known, such as the mutualistic association between gobies and alpheid shrimps, the cleaning behavior of Elacatinus species, and the excavation of burrows by mudskippers, and those for which they are less so, such as their life as predator and prey.
Where are the crabs, periwinkles, mudskippers, cockles, shrimps and all which found sanctuary in mudbanks, under the protective roots of mangrove trees?
In addition to the story, Lamit has included factual information about mushrooms, beavers, flying fish, mudskippers, and walking catfish, to educate as well as entertain.
Other displays feature everything from mudskippers and piranhas to lionfish and moray eels.
The swamps, slightly inland, are calm and we had a relaxing few hours observing frigate birds and the unusual mudskippers, a species of fish that spends most of its time out of water, resting on mangrove roots that protrude from the sea water.
Finally they end up as mudskippers, reluctantly slurping muddy water from a puddle.
NAGASAKI - The Nagasaki District Court on Tuesday refused to accept mudskippers, fiddler crabs and the natural environment itself as plaintiffs in a lawsuit over land reclamation work in Isahaya Bay, Nagasaki Prefecture, which was filed by local residents demanding that the state suspend the national project.
Mudskippers spend most of their time out of water, and use their fins to propel themselves on ground.
In September 1996, I traveled to Isahaya to photograph the last season of mutsukake, a traditional technique of fishing used to take mudskippers (mutsugoro).
Mudskippers make more mudskippers and archeopteryxes make more archeopteryxes.