Fish Uses “Water Tongue” To Grab Prey On Land
(Click to enlarge) The mudskipper moves various bones to produce its on-land suction — and these facial contortions are different from those used by suction-feeding fish in water. (Credit: Klaus Stiefel)
Amphibious fish that feed on land use water held in their mouths to help them grab and manipulate their prey.
(From Scientific American / By Daniel Cressey)– The unusual feeding behavior of mudskippers (Periophthalmus barbarus), captured in high-speed and X-ray video by biologist Krijn Michel and his colleagues at the University of Antwerp, could shed light on the evolution of sea-dwelling animals into terrestrial ones. Read the full story »