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The lined rockskipper, Istiblennius lineatus, is a species of combtooth blenny fish
distributed from the Laccadive and Maldive islands, central Indian Ocean, east to
Mangareva and Gambier Islands in the Pacific Ocean. It occurs as far north as Toyohama,
Japan, and now it is recorded from the coastal area of the Makran Sea, Iran. Six specimens
of I. lineatus were collected from 3 localities in the Iranian coast of the Makran
Sea during a fish survey in November 2015. These specimens represent the first record
of the species from Iranian waters as well as an extension of its known geographical
range within the Indian Ocean. The morphological features of these specimens are herein
described and discussed.