Mudskipper

トビハゼ

Mudskippers utilize their pectoral fins and skip skillfully through the mud. When the tide goes down during the day, it begins to look for food on the mud. Its movement is slow most of the time, but when it feels threatened, it begins to hop and move at much faster speeds.

Ranging from Tokyo bay to Okinawa, mudskippers are found in the deep ends of bays or mud/mudflats found near the mouth of the river. It can grow up to be 10 cm in length.  They are found in many mudflats around Kagoshima. Our staff collected mudskippers displayed here.

Like other fish, it has gills but since it breathes through cutaneous respiration, it rarely goes into water. It sometimes rolls in mud to breathe and prevent their body surface from drying up.


Creatures of this water tank