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Blue-spotted Mudskipper(turret)

Boleophthalmus boddarti

Description:

Bulging eyes. Blue-spots and a love for mud! You can also see their burrows and turrets. Apparently pugnacious about territory but I saw no tussle. These fish wriggle around and also make short jumps.

Habitat:

The last shot shows the actual habitat...beyond that is a clayey, muddy expanse that ends in the waters of the River Hooghly and this is where I saw the turrets or observation posts of the mudskippers. The photos of the mudskippers were taken from a height...and then, I went around (because to jump down was dangerous) to reach the banks of the river but was unable to reach the exact spot where I saw these fish...my feet were getting trapped in the soggy mud.

Notes:

We don't get to see structures made by fishes very often...I was lucky to get shots of these territorial markers and observation posts or turrets.

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4 Comments

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 2 years ago

@Roy Arun, Thank you.

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 2 years ago

Thank you Neil...the best place to see these up close is the Sunderbans area! I first saw these here as a BSc student...DECADES ago...we collected a few too.

Roy Arun
Roy Arun 2 years ago

They are so energetic and cute....nice spotting mam....👍

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 2 years ago

Awesome spotting, Sukanya. I would love to see these. They look like such little characters.

SukanyaDatta
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SukanyaDatta

West Bengal, India

Spotted on Mar 30, 2019
Submitted on Apr 4, 2019

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