Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Gobiiformes
(Gobies) > Oxudercidae
(Mudskippers) > Periophthalminae
Etymology: Periophthalmus: Greek, peri = around + Greek, ophthalmos = eye (Ref. 45335); pusing: Name from the Indonesian common name (Ikan pusing) used by the coastal people of the Lesser Sunda Islands to refer to Periophthalmus mudskippers; 'pussing' means 'giddy' - where the fishes are believed to cause headaches and giddiness when eaten.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; pelagic-neritic. Tropical
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri
Western Pacific: Indonesia,
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 3.5 cm SL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 12 - 16;
soft rays: 10 - 12. Adult of this species is distinguished from all congeners by the following combination of characters: no pelvic frenum; pelvic fins separate for the entire length; presence of a black spot posteriorly on first dorsal fin, the spot usually between ninth and the ultimate spine; first dorsal fin (D1) is taller than second dorsal fin (D2); the interdorsal distance less than half the length of the first dorsal-fin spine; D1XI-XV; D2 I,10 - I,12; anal-fin elements I,10 - I,12; pectoral-fin rays 10-12; longitudinal scale rows 42-54; predorsal midline 14-19 (Ref. 111149).
Occurs in tide-dominated coastal system with relatively low wave action; also within the mangrove forest, it was found in a variety of microhabitat types in seaward and higher mangrove areas as well as within, and on sloping banks of tidal creeks. Found syntopic with congeners P. argentilineatus and P. malaccensis (Ref. 111149).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Jaafar, Z., G. Polgar and Y. Zamroni, 2016. Description of a new species of Periophthalmus (Teleostei: Gobiidae) from the Lesser Sunda Islands. Raffles Bull. Zool. 64:278-283. (Ref. 111149)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
CountriesFAO areasEcosystemsOccurrencesIntroductionsStocksEcologyDietFood itemsFood consumptionRation
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Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00708 (0.00317 - 0.01581), b=2.95 (2.76 - 3.14), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.1 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .