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mudskipper,

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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In addition to a detailed study of the mudskipper and development of a robot model that used the animals locomotion techniques, the study examined flow and drag conditions in representative granular materials, and applied a mathematical model incorporating new physics based on the drag research.
The results showed that that mudskippers' pectoral fins experience more medial forces than the limbs of salamanders, and that the forelimbs could have a played a similar weight-bearing role as the hind limbs.
The mechanics of terrestrial movement have been studied extensively in a few fishes, such as mudskippers (Swanson and Gibb 2004; Pace and Gibb 2009), eels (Gillis 1998, 2000; Herrel and others 2011), gobies (Schoenfuss and Blob 2003; Blob and others 2010), and blennies (Bhikajee and Green 2002).
Finally they end up as mudskippers, reluctantly slurping muddy water from a puddle.
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Emperor Akihito contributed 350 pages (and several illustrations) on Gobioidei, a suborder of Japanese goby fish that includes 518 types, to the third edition of "Fishes of Japan with Pictorial Keys to the Species." Goby fish, a family that includes the mudskipper, are a particular specialty of the emperor; he has (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11163956) published a number of scientific papers on them (he has also written (http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v448/n7150/full/448139a.html) about the history of science in Japan) .