What is it about?
Land environments are challenging for fish. We found unique behaviours by amphibious gobies which occur only on mudflat: 1) migration to water after terrestrial eating, 2) rolling over on the back, and 3) the fin movements. We have shown that these behaviours are important for their maintenance of water metabolism.
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Why is it important?
Evolutionarily, aquatic fish invaded onto land repeatedly, leading to occurrence of terapods. However, transition of behavioural/physiological adaptation remains unclear. Our findings clarify a type of terrestial adaptation by amphibious gobies, which retain the morphological characteristics of aquatic fish.
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This page is a summary of: Behavioural osmoregulation during land invasion in fish: Prandial drinking and wetting of the dry skin, PLoS ONE, December 2022, PLOS, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0277968.
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