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Species Periophthalmus argentilineatus Valenciennes, 1837

Silverlined Mudskipper, Barred Mudskipper, Mud-hopper, Mudskipper, Silverstripe Mudskipper



There is considerable confusion over the correct name for the species treated here as P. argentilineatus, resulting from the lectotype designation. In the Catalogue of Fishes it has been suggeted that the lectotype might not have been part of the type series, but the specimen is labelled as being from the type locality. The species was described from specimens from Waigeo and Oualan, with other specimens mentioned. Eschmeyer (1998) reported that the lectotype was also the lectotype of P. kalolo. Murdy & Jaafar (2017) suggesed that a lectotype had not been designated for P. kalolo (but is a syntype of P. kalolo) and that the report of Eschmeyer was incorrectly attributed to Murdy (1989). Kottelat (2013) argued that that designation was valid from Eschmeyer (1998) and considered P. argentilineatus as a synonym of P. kalolo. In the interests of stability, we follow Murdy & Jaafar (2017).




Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Shark Bay, WA (25°20'S), WA to Moreton Bay, QLD; tropical, Indo-west-central Pacific.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Northern Shelf Province (25), Northwest Shelf Transition (26), Northwest Shelf Province (27), Central Western Shelf Transition (28), Central Western Shelf Province (29), Central Eastern Shelf Transition (39), Northeast Shelf Province (40), Northeast Shelf Transition (41)

Distribution References

Ecological Descriptors

Amphibious, benthic, estuary, inshore, mud bottom-marine.


General References

Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 292 pp. 106 pls. [222]

Allen, G.R., Midgley, S.H. & Allen, M. 2002. Field Guide to the Freshwater Fishes of Australia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 394 pp. [280]

Eschmeyer, W.N. 1998. Catalog of Fishes. San Francisco : California Academy of Sciences 2905 pp., 3 vols.

Hoese, D.F. & Larson, H.K. 2006. Family Gobiidae. pp. 1612-1697 in Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & Allen, G.R. Fishes. In, Beesley, P.L. & Wells, A. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Vol. 35. Volume 35 Australia : ABRS & CSIRO Publishing Parts 1-3, 2178 pp. [1673]

Kottelat, M. 2013. The fishes of the inland waters of southeast Asia: a catalogue and core bibliography of the fishes known to occur in freshwaters, mangroves and estuaries. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology Supplement 27: 1-663

McCulloch, A.R. 1929. A check-list of the fishes recorded from Australia. Part III. Records of the Australian Museum 5: 329–436 [381]

Murdy, E,O. & Jaafar, Z. 2017. Chapter 1: Taxonomy and Systematics Review. pp. 1-36 in Jaafar, Z. & Murdy, E.O. (eds.). Fishes Out of Water: Biology and Ecology of Mudskippers. Boca Rotan, Florida : CRC Press 390 pp. [17]

Murdy, E.O. 1989. A taxonomic revision and cladistic analysis of the oxudercine gobies (Gobiidae: Oxudercinae). Records of the Australian Museum, Supplement 11: 1-93 figs 1-98 pls 1-3 [32]

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1990. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 507 pp. figs. [406]

Takita, T., Larson, H.K. &.Ishimatsu, A. 2011. The natural history of mudskippers in northern Australia, with field identification characters. The Beagle, Records of the Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory 27: 189-204 [196]

Whitley, G.P. 1964. A survey of Australian Ichthyology. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 89(1): 11-127 [56] (2123, as Euchoristopus kalolo regius)


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
04-Dec-2018 GOBIOIDEI 17-Oct-2018 MODIFIED Dr Doug Hoese
14-May-2015 GOBIOIDEI 10-Apr-2015 MODIFIED Dr Doug Hoese
30-Mar-2010 MODIFIED