Animal Update: Mudskipper

A mudskipper has been added to our Climbing exhibit!

Published January 13, 2017

Mudskippers have the unique ability to live in and out of the water. They live in intertidal habitats, where this unique adaptation allows them to be active when the tide recedes. These fish have the ability to breathe through their skin and lining of their mouth. So while they can survive out of the water, they must remain moist in a humid environment to do so.mudskipper

These fish use their pectoral fins and pelvic fins to actually walk on land! Out of water they have been known to defend their territories and court potential mates. They can even jump up to two feet in the air and climb on trees and other structures using the suction capabilities on their pelvic fins.

Native to a variety of tropical, subtropical and temperate regions, they can be found from the Indo-Pacific to the Atlantic coast of Africa. As carnivores, mudskippers subsist on insects, crustaceans, small fish and worms.

Stay tuned for more behind-the-scenes updates!

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