Periophthalmus barbarus   (Linnaeus)  1766 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Max. size: 25.0 cm TL

Color is brownish with oblique dark bars, belly lighter; dorsal fins with a broad distal longitudinal dark band and pale edge. Eyes protruding and close together with lower eyelid fold, snout deep, mouth horizontal. Two separate dorsal fins, the first high, with 11 flexible spines, the second lower, its base longer than the distance from end to caudal fin origin. Pectoral fins with a long muscular lobe, pelvic fins united across bases, caudal fin with lower rays short, and stout. Undulation of median or pectoral fins. Swimming mode - diodontiform.

Dioecious, external fertilization. Probably a multiple spawner, spawn in burrows.

Amphibious air-breather that skips or walks on sand or mud in search of food.

Synonym (s)
Periophthalmus dipus Koumans 1941
Periophthalmus koelreuteri Day 1870

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries, aquarium)

Habitat:  Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Adult feed chiefly on arthropods (crabs, insects, etc.), plants/detritus


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 12.5) (Long: 92.75) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Herre, AWCT (1938) A list of the fishes known from the Andaman Islands Memoirs of the Indian Museum The Manager of Publications, Delhi 13 331-403 Available at - NIO, RC, Kochi
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -

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