Atlantic Mudskipper (Periophthalmus barbarus)

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Atlantic Mudskipper

Atlantic Mudskipper

Periophthalmus barbarus

246 Litres (65 US G.)

20-25 cm (7.9-9.8")


1 - 1.025


7.5 - 8.0

25 -30 °C (77-86°F)

8-18 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Live Foods

5-8 years



This animal is available captive bred

Additional names

Atlantic Mudskipper




Males are usually larger and have notably more colourful finnage during the breeding season.

Tank compatibility[edit]

Ideally, should not be kept with other fish, and can be aggressive toward others of it's own species, should there be too little space.


Should not be fed flake, but rather live foods (crickets, worms, grasshoppers) and frozen foods (bloodworm, brine shrimp).

Feeding regime[edit]

One good feeding a day should suffice.

Environment specifics[edit]

Needs very specific environmental conditions. A raised area of land (sandy beach, piled rocks) should emerge from some shallow, warm water. The tank should be kept covered to keep the air humid and prevent the fish from jumping out. This species requires brackish water, which can be achieved by using a marine salt mix.


Very well known for their land dwelling capabilities, so long as the correct environment is provided, this should be a regular occurrence. Is very territorial towards it's own species and other creatures entering it's surrounds, mostly when the fish is older.


Difficult to distinguish between most Periophthalmus species, but regardless is the most common Mudskipper brought into the hobby, and care requirements vary only slightly between species.


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