Comparative study of the fine structures of gills among three co-existing mudskipper species

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

The three mudskippers - Periophthalmus chrysospilos, Boleopthalmus boddarti and Periophthalmodon schlosseri -Are among the most abundant oxudercine gobies that occupy the same macrohabitat of mudflat in the West Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Due to their significance in the marine ecosystem of said region, comparative studies were carried out on the fine structures of gills among these co-existing mudskipper species. As such, 58 specimens of P. chrysospilos, 25 specimens of P. schlosseri and 15 specimens of B. boddarti were collected with the use of hand-nets and traps during low-Tide in Bagan Lalang estuary, Selangor, Malaysia. The gills were then dissected and standard electron microscopy sample preparation was applied, ensued with the observation and analysis of the gill samples with the use of a scanning electron microscope. The result shows that P. chrysospilos has thick, bent and slightly twisted filaments, while B. boddarti has rigid filaments that are situated closely to each other. The gill filaments of P. schlosseri has thicker and rod-shaped branched. The result also illustrates that B. boddarti has the highest value of gill surface are (13.35 mm2g-1), followed by P. chrysospilos (5.84 mm2g-1) and P. schlosseri (5.67 mm2g-1). This further suggests the ability of P. schlosseri to survive longer in terrestrial areas during both low and high tides. This is contrary to the B. boddarti, which spends an extended amount of time in water-submerged burrows, as well as the P. chrysospilos that prefers swimming while exposing its head (mostly with its expanded buccal cavity) in aquatic environment. The specially-constructed design of the gills of these three goby species may have contributed to their existence in harsher estuarine environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-116
Number of pages10
JournalMalayan Nature Journal
Volume66
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Fingerprint

comparative study
gills
tide
estuarine environment
mudflat
sample preparation
electron microscopy
burrow
marine ecosystem
aquatic environment
cavity
estuary
electron
Malaysia
tides
coast
scanning electron microscopes
burrows
water
hands

Keywords

  • Boleopthalmus boddarti
  • Gills
  • Gobiidae
  • Periophthalmodon schlosseri
  • Periophthalmus chrysospilos

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation

Cite this

Comparative study of the fine structures of gills among three co-existing mudskipper species. / Diana, A. Z.; Abd. Ghaffar, Mazlan; Marina, H.; Syed Abdullah, Sharifah Mastura; Che Cob, Zaidi; Rahim, M. S.; Das, Simon Kumar.

In: Malayan Nature Journal, Vol. 66, No. 1-2, 2014, p. 107-116.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{c969513d41c047e0b99ae45635c51d41,
title = "Comparative study of the fine structures of gills among three co-existing mudskipper species",
abstract = "The three mudskippers - Periophthalmus chrysospilos, Boleopthalmus boddarti and Periophthalmodon schlosseri -Are among the most abundant oxudercine gobies that occupy the same macrohabitat of mudflat in the West Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Due to their significance in the marine ecosystem of said region, comparative studies were carried out on the fine structures of gills among these co-existing mudskipper species. As such, 58 specimens of P. chrysospilos, 25 specimens of P. schlosseri and 15 specimens of B. boddarti were collected with the use of hand-nets and traps during low-Tide in Bagan Lalang estuary, Selangor, Malaysia. The gills were then dissected and standard electron microscopy sample preparation was applied, ensued with the observation and analysis of the gill samples with the use of a scanning electron microscope. The result shows that P. chrysospilos has thick, bent and slightly twisted filaments, while B. boddarti has rigid filaments that are situated closely to each other. The gill filaments of P. schlosseri has thicker and rod-shaped branched. The result also illustrates that B. boddarti has the highest value of gill surface are (13.35 mm2g-1), followed by P. chrysospilos (5.84 mm2g-1) and P. schlosseri (5.67 mm2g-1). This further suggests the ability of P. schlosseri to survive longer in terrestrial areas during both low and high tides. This is contrary to the B. boddarti, which spends an extended amount of time in water-submerged burrows, as well as the P. chrysospilos that prefers swimming while exposing its head (mostly with its expanded buccal cavity) in aquatic environment. The specially-constructed design of the gills of these three goby species may have contributed to their existence in harsher estuarine environment.",
keywords = "Boleopthalmus boddarti, Gills, Gobiidae, Periophthalmodon schlosseri, Periophthalmus chrysospilos",
author = "Diana, {A. Z.} and {Abd. Ghaffar}, Mazlan and H. Marina and {Syed Abdullah}, {Sharifah Mastura} and {Che Cob}, Zaidi and Rahim, {M. S.} and Das, {Simon Kumar}",
year = "2014",
language = "English",
volume = "66",
pages = "107--116",
journal = "Malayan Nature Journal",
issn = "0025-1291",
publisher = "Malaysian Nature Society",
number = "1-2",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Comparative study of the fine structures of gills among three co-existing mudskipper species

AU - Diana, A. Z.

AU - Abd. Ghaffar, Mazlan

AU - Marina, H.

AU - Syed Abdullah, Sharifah Mastura

AU - Che Cob, Zaidi

AU - Rahim, M. S.

AU - Das, Simon Kumar

PY - 2014

Y1 - 2014

N2 - The three mudskippers - Periophthalmus chrysospilos, Boleopthalmus boddarti and Periophthalmodon schlosseri -Are among the most abundant oxudercine gobies that occupy the same macrohabitat of mudflat in the West Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Due to their significance in the marine ecosystem of said region, comparative studies were carried out on the fine structures of gills among these co-existing mudskipper species. As such, 58 specimens of P. chrysospilos, 25 specimens of P. schlosseri and 15 specimens of B. boddarti were collected with the use of hand-nets and traps during low-Tide in Bagan Lalang estuary, Selangor, Malaysia. The gills were then dissected and standard electron microscopy sample preparation was applied, ensued with the observation and analysis of the gill samples with the use of a scanning electron microscope. The result shows that P. chrysospilos has thick, bent and slightly twisted filaments, while B. boddarti has rigid filaments that are situated closely to each other. The gill filaments of P. schlosseri has thicker and rod-shaped branched. The result also illustrates that B. boddarti has the highest value of gill surface are (13.35 mm2g-1), followed by P. chrysospilos (5.84 mm2g-1) and P. schlosseri (5.67 mm2g-1). This further suggests the ability of P. schlosseri to survive longer in terrestrial areas during both low and high tides. This is contrary to the B. boddarti, which spends an extended amount of time in water-submerged burrows, as well as the P. chrysospilos that prefers swimming while exposing its head (mostly with its expanded buccal cavity) in aquatic environment. The specially-constructed design of the gills of these three goby species may have contributed to their existence in harsher estuarine environment.

AB - The three mudskippers - Periophthalmus chrysospilos, Boleopthalmus boddarti and Periophthalmodon schlosseri -Are among the most abundant oxudercine gobies that occupy the same macrohabitat of mudflat in the West Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Due to their significance in the marine ecosystem of said region, comparative studies were carried out on the fine structures of gills among these co-existing mudskipper species. As such, 58 specimens of P. chrysospilos, 25 specimens of P. schlosseri and 15 specimens of B. boddarti were collected with the use of hand-nets and traps during low-Tide in Bagan Lalang estuary, Selangor, Malaysia. The gills were then dissected and standard electron microscopy sample preparation was applied, ensued with the observation and analysis of the gill samples with the use of a scanning electron microscope. The result shows that P. chrysospilos has thick, bent and slightly twisted filaments, while B. boddarti has rigid filaments that are situated closely to each other. The gill filaments of P. schlosseri has thicker and rod-shaped branched. The result also illustrates that B. boddarti has the highest value of gill surface are (13.35 mm2g-1), followed by P. chrysospilos (5.84 mm2g-1) and P. schlosseri (5.67 mm2g-1). This further suggests the ability of P. schlosseri to survive longer in terrestrial areas during both low and high tides. This is contrary to the B. boddarti, which spends an extended amount of time in water-submerged burrows, as well as the P. chrysospilos that prefers swimming while exposing its head (mostly with its expanded buccal cavity) in aquatic environment. The specially-constructed design of the gills of these three goby species may have contributed to their existence in harsher estuarine environment.

KW - Boleopthalmus boddarti

KW - Gills

KW - Gobiidae

KW - Periophthalmodon schlosseri

KW - Periophthalmus chrysospilos

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84992435556&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84992435556&partnerID=8YFLogxK

M3 - Article

VL - 66

SP - 107

EP - 116

JO - Malayan Nature Journal

JF - Malayan Nature Journal

SN - 0025-1291

IS - 1-2

ER -