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Brittany Garber

on 22 October 2012

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Transcript of Mudskipper

"The world is fixed, we say: fish in the sea, birds in the air.
But in the mangrove swamps by the Niger, fish climb trees and ogle uneasy naturalists who try unsuccessfully to chase them back to the water." Mudskipper They trap a bubble of air in their gill chambers when out of water
They have a network of capillaries under their skin that allows oxygen to diffuse into the blood
They are able to extract oxygen from the lining of their mouth and throat when wet.
They use their skin instead of gills for oxygen exchange They are completely different from other fish that live in the Atlantic coast and base there life habits on the tide.
Most organisms hide in the seaweed and remain dormant when the tide retreats.
Mud skippers feed and are very active during this time.
They use this time to interact with each other by defending their territory or mating Mud skippers are unique and amphibious fish Mud skippers live on both land and in water
These fish can use their pectoral fins to walk on land.
By flipping their bodies, they can skip across the mud to avoid predators.
They are poor swimmers, and will also use these fins to walk underwater
mudskippers move faster above water than below it. How they survive out of water: tropical
temperate regions
the Indo-Pacific
the Atlantic coast of Africa.
Limited to humid areas Habitat Climb trees
jump up to two feet in the air
walk under water
retract their eyes into their eye sockets
detect noises under water with ears located in their scull Mud skippers are able to: http://uglyoverload.blogspot.com/2009/01/mudskippers.html
http://wildshores.blogspot.com/2009/12/mudskippers-leaping-at-chek-jawa.html It has two fins on the front, which it uses as forelegs to jump about when it is out of water.
its gills are small and it can live out of water for several hours if the air is humid.
It is about 12 to 30 inches long.
It has a blunt head with big, protruding eyes that are set close to each other to help him spot food, such as flying insects, lobsters, shrimps, crabs and other small creatures, moving on land To get a females attention males: do push ups
leap or flip in the air
Stand on their tales
and become aggressive toward other males If she likes it: The female will do her own dance with distinctive pattern then lay her eggs in the males borrow. the male makes a special area for them and fertilizes them. It is the males job to keep them oxygenated. to do this he swallows air on the surface, traps it in his gill chambers and releases it into the babys borrow.
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