Giant Mudskipper, Periophthalmodon freycineti (Valenciennes 1824)

Other Names: Great Mud-hopper

A Giant Mudskipper, Periophthalmodon freycineti, Bako National Park, Sarawak, Malaysia, September 2014. Source: Bernard Dupont / Flickr. License: CC by Attribution-ShareAlike

A large pale brown mudskipper with numerous white spots on the sides, a white underside, a dark brown dorsal stripe often from the eye to the caudal peduncle, 5-6 brown saddle-like bars in smaller individuals, and white margins on the dorsal fins.

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Giant Mudskipper, Periophthalmodon freycineti (Valenciennes 1824)

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Inhabits tidal creek banks, inlets, tidal mudflats.


Meristic features: D1 IV-V; Pectoral fin 15-17. 
Two rows of teeth on upper jaw, second row with few and smaller teeth.


Carnivore - feeds on crabs, other invertebrates including insects, and small fishes.


Periophthalmodon is a combination of the genus Periophthalmus and the Greek odous meaning 'tooth', in reference to the similarity to the genus Periophthalmus, and the prominent teeth in this genus. The species is named after Captain Freycinet, who collected the original specimens.


Dianne J. Bray

Giant Mudskipper, Periophthalmodon freycineti (Valenciennes 1824)


Milward N.E. 1974. Studies on the taxonomy, ecology and physiology of Queensland mudskippers. PhD thesis, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, 276 pp.

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Nursall J.R.1981. Behaviour and habitat adfecting the Distribution of five species of sympatric mudskippers in Queensland. Bulletin of Marine Science 31(3): 730–735.

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CAAB Code:37428375



Max Size:21 cm SL

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