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Mudskippers in the Chao Phraya River

02 Apr

Before I start, thank you to all the people who have started following my blog recently! I hope you’ve been able to get out and see some herps yourself!

“Mudskippers” aren’t a reptile or an amphibian. They’re a family of fish – though amazingly, one that can breathe air and spend some of its time on land. Mudskippers are one of the neat sights that you can see on the mudflats of Bangkok’s rivers, along with fiddler crabs, several species of water birds, and (at night) several species of water snakes. As a little break from the herps, here are a few mudskippers I photographed on the Chao Phraya River one day.

First, some Goggle-eyed Gobies (Boleophthalmus boddarti).

Google-eyed Gobies Boleophthalmus boddarti

Google-eyed Goby Boleophthalmus boddarti

Google-eyed Goby Boleophthalmus boddarti

And then a few Giant Mudskippers (Periophthalmodon schlosseri).

Giant Mudskippers Periophthalmodon schlosseri

Giant Mudskippers Periophthalmodon schlosseri

Here are both species of mudskippers with a fiddler crab, the other most common resident of the mudflats:

mudskipper goby fiddler crab

A few other neat things on the river include terns:

terns

tern

tern

tern

and Kingfishers

kingfisher

One day there was a jellyfish explosion. I’ve never seen jellyfish on this river on any other day, but this day there were thousands of them!

jellyfish bangkok thailand Chao Phraya River

jellyfish chao praya river

jellyfish chao phaya river

Here are some tracks in the mud. They are almost prehistoric looking.

water monitor varanus salvator tracks

I’ve never gone out to Bangkok’s mudflats or mangrove groves at night, so I haven’t personally seen the Dog-faced Water Snakes, Mangrove Pit Vipers, and Crab-Eating Frogs that can live in this brackish water. But that would be a great project for anyone who has access to such a spot in the dark when the frogs and snakes come out! Bangkok’s brackish waters are quite an interesting ecosystem.

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