Periophthalmus variabilis [Status Unaccepted]   Eggert,  1935 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: G. Polgar

Size: 65-85 mm.

Color: Ground color dorsally and laterally brown, ventrally whitish to grey. Head and trunk with numerous dark brown blotches, larger on trunk. Caudal fin membrane dusky, rays distally orange with series of brownish speckles; pectoral fins distally orange; anal fin whitish to yellowish; pelvic fins whitish to dusky.

Body elongate, anteriorly cylindrical, posteriorly compressed, height 6-7 in total length. Head truncate, 4 1/2-5 in total length. Teeth in upper jaw anteriorly 2-3 caninoid ones, in lower jaw on each side 1-3 caninoid teeth. First dorsal fin concave, convex posteriorly. Second dorsal fin lower than the first. Anal fin lower than second dorsal fin. Basal membrane of ventral fin moderate to weak, the two halves of the fin are united by a narrow membrane along the inner rays. Caudal fin obtuse, obliquely rounded, about as long as head.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Periophthalmus variabilis Eggert, 1935
(Senior synonym)
Periophthalmus variabilis asiaticus Eggert, 1935
(Junior synonym)
Periophthalmus variabilis sumatranus Eggert, 1935
(Junior synonym)
Periophthalmus variabilis tidemani Eggert, 1935
(Junior synonym)
Periophthalmus variabilis variabilis Eggert, 1935
(Junior synonym)
Periophthalmus novemradiatus (Hamilton, 1822)
(Misapplied name)
Periophthalmus variabilis Eggert, 1935
Periophthalmus variabilis Koumans, 1941

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Estuarine
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Crustaceans, insects


• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Rao, DV; Devi, K and Rajan, PT (2000) An account of ichthyofauna of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Bay of Bengal Occasional paper no 178 Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI, Calcutta 1-434 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Polgar, G (Ed.) (2009) Themudskipper World Wide Web electronic publication Available at -
  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Available at -
  • Dr. Ramesh, R; Dr. Nammalwar, P and Dr. Gowri, VS (2008) Database on coastal information of Tamil Nadu Report Submitted to Environmental Information System (ENVIS) Centre, Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Institute for Ocean Management, Anna University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Available at -
  • Koumans, FP (1953) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago A. J. Reprints agency, Karol Bagh, New Delhi 10 423 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Talwar, PK (1990) Fishes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands: A synoptic survey Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 6(2) 71-102 Available at - NIO,Goa

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