Creature of the Week #1: Barred Mudskipper

Appropriately for the first ever creature of the week, I’ve chosen an animal reminiscent of the piscine organisms that in a stroke of luck decided to crawl out of water onto land. These intrepid pioneers gave rise to all vertebrate life on Earth that calls Terra Firma home, from frogs to elephants, and the mudskippers with us today provide a fascinating insight into such evolution. This particular mudskipper was one of a huge colony gathered in a muddy hollow in the mangroves of Nosy Be, Madagascar. To see these animals darting through water like sticklebacks one minute then flipping wildly on the (almost) solid ground the next has to be up there as one of my most bizarre, and fantastic, experiences of nature.

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