Gold-spotted mudskipper (Periophthalmus chrysospilos)
The gold-spotted mudskipper is a species of mangrove habitat which follows the sea's edge as the tide falls and rises again. It can be found on various substrates, from mudflats to adjacent sandy beaches.
Typically this mudskipper is seen in shoals numbering over 20 individuals. The shoal moves in away in unison from any perceived threat.
The upper body is buff to medium grey, and the lower body cream to pale grey. Orange-gold spots are randomly scattered along each flank. The pelvic fins, on which mudskippers 'walk', are fused into a disk-like structure.
The front dorsal fin is typically reddish, with a thick black border fringed with a thin white edge. In males, the first two spines of the front dorsal fins extend beyond the fin itself : the first spine is twice as long as the actual fin.
Burrows are dug at the seaward edge of mangrove forests, to which males entice females by jumping. The species' diet is omnivorous.
The gold-spotted mudskipper is wide ranging and can be found in the Andaman Sea (India, Burma, Thailand), the Gulf of Thailand, coastal Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore and parts of Indonesia.