06 Apr '12, 10am

The Annotated Budak: Heartskipper by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Heartskipper by @budak

More at home in the air than the de-aerated waters of sheltered coasts, these oxudercines have a sturdy fin each in two respiratory boats : their gills share gas exchange duties with pharyngeal chambers and vascularised cuticles that fuel the fish and flush waste with amphibious efficiency. Primitive they may be compared to the labyrinths of gouramis and bettas, the ambient adaptations of mudskippers allow the gobies to leap, crawl and tail-vault through the swamp with enough speed to snap up flies and sidestep most terrestrial hunters. Life in the dry zone also frees the fish from aquatic predators, though it's debatable whether a plague of mosquitoes is preferable to the scourge of marine leeches. Still, the bloodsucker that sat on the face of this ragged individual was endured with little fuss, and the goby showed no sign of discomfort with both the minute pest as well ...

Full article: http://budak.blogs.com/the_annotated_budak/2012/04/hearts...

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