Mon 11 May 2009: Mudskipper talks at SBWR

“If I were a mudskipper…”
– reports from recent research projects at Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve by members of the Systematics & Ecology Lab. This session was convened for park staff. It will be repeated at a more convenient time for the natural history community.
Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve, Mon 11 May 2009: 8.30am – 11.30am.

Programme

  • 0830-1015: Talk
  • 1030: Proceed to boardwalk for observation and suggestions about use of new information in guiding strategy (tide level: 1.9m rising to 2.5m).

Part I – “If I were a mudskipper: where should I go?” By Trina Chua, UROPS project, Jan – Mar 2009.

  • Introduction to two large carnivorous mudskippers, the Yellow-spotted mudskipper (Periophthalmus walailakae) and the Giant mudskipper (Periophthalmodon schlosseri)
  • Telling apart the two prominent mudskippers on the mangrove floor at the mangrove boardwalks in Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve.
  • Diurnal tidal migration.
  • Basal distribution and population at low tide versus high tide.

Part II – “If I were a mudskipper: what should I eat?” By Theresa Su, Hons project, Aug 2008 – Mar 2009.

  • The feeding regime and behaviour of the carnivorous mudskippers: do they prefer specific prey, when do they eat and what does this suggest about their ecology?
  • Theresa will include a show and tell
    • (i) 2 species of mudskippers ventrally dissected
    • (ii) specimens of prey items: red silt crab (Paracleistostoma sp.), common silt crab (Ilyogynis sp.), sipunculids, mangrove slugs, polychaete worms.

Part III – Relevance, stories we can tell visitors and Q&A. By Sivasothi et al.

  • The relevance of this information to our understanding of the mangroves and the park;
  • What we still do not know, what we suspect and future studies that will be offered.
  • How to apply this information during guided walks at the boardwalk.
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