Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Gobiiformes
(Gobies) > Oxudercidae
(Mudskippers) > Periophthalminae
Etymology: Periophthalmus: Greek, peri = around + Greek, ophthalmos = eye (Ref. 45335); takita: Named for Dr. Toru Takita, in recognition of his contributions to the knowledge of mudskipper ecology; noun in apposition. More on authors: Jaafar & Larson.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; pelagic-neritic. Tropical
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri
Eastern Indian to Western Pacific of Australia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 6.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 83599)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 8 - 12;
soft rays: 10 - 12. This species is characterized by the following: D1 spines modally VIII; D2 modally I,12; A modally I,11; caudal fin modally 17 segmented rays; 58-73 lateral scales; 22-31 predorsal scales; pelvic fin with prominent frenum with sparse, small brown spots on dorsal surface; inner rays of pelvic fin fused for half but never more than three-quarters of length; head and body pale grey, whitish ventrally; small, rounded, blackish spots on cheeks, pectoral fin base, and anterior part of body; distinct round orange spots along lower half of head and body (less numerous posteriorly); first dorsal fin is broadly rounded, grey to black, with very thin, white margin restricted to tips of spines while second dorsal fin whitish grey with narrow pale marginal stripe, two broad black bands, one sub-marginal and one medial, and a basal row of black spots; anal fin pale orange to creamy; pectoral fins pale with fine dusky markings mostly following fin rays; caudal fin dusky to pinkish grey (Ref. 83599).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Jaafar, Z. and H.K. Larson, 2008. A new species of mudskipper, Periophthalmus takita (Teleostei: Gobiidae: Oxudercinae), from Australia, with a key to the genus. Zool. Sci. 25:946-952. (Ref. 83599)
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=0.01023 (0.00475 - 0.02204), b=2.99 (2.81 - 3.17), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (14 of 100) .