Istiblennius lineatus
Source: JJPhoto.dk
Istiblennius lineatus
Source: JJPhoto.dk
Istiblennius lineatus
Source: JJPhoto.dk

Facts

Latin name Istiblennius lineatus - (Valenciennes, 1836)
Common name Lined rockskipper
Family Blenniidae - Istiblennius
Origin East Indian Ocean, West Indian Ocean, Australia, Japan, The Red Sea, Indonesia, East Pacific, Central/West Pacific
Max length 15.0 cm (5.9")

As aquarium fish

Minimum volume 400 l (106 gal)
Hardiness Hardy
Suitable for aquarium Suitable with care
Reef safe Often reef safe
Aggressiveness Might be aggressive towards similar species

Food

Mostly
  • Macroalgea (Eg. seaweed / nori)
Recommended
  • Microalgea (Eg. spirulina)

Jumps out of open aquaria

This species is known to jump out of open aquaria.

Insufficient information

There is little available knowledge of this species, so there can be important information missing on this page.

Eats only algae from glass and rocks

This species only eats algae from rocks and glass. There must therefore be enough algae growth so it can find its own food.

Some aquarists have trained it to accept dry foods, but it is not something one should count on.

Reef safe, when well fed

This species can be found nibbling soft coral and LPS if there is insufficient food available.

Well established aquarium with algae

These fish should be kept in a well run aquarium where they can "graze" algae from rocks and stones.

If there are insufficient algae on the rocks, it is important to feed more frequently and supplement with algae rich food e.g. Spirulina. 

Thrive best on their own

These fish flourish better without other members of the same species in the aquarium.

Effective algae-eaters

This species can eat large amounts of algae (relative to their size) from rocks, like green hair algae and filamentous algae.

As it doesn’t eat every algae type, in case of a specific algae plague, find out more precise information.

Family description (Blenniidae)

There are many differences within the Toothcomb Blennies family, some eat algae whilst others eat zooplankton. There are many families of Blennies, this is merely one of them.

What they have in common are their oblong shape and long dorsal fin. Some species have small "legs" used to move around the bottom.

These Blennies do not normally get very big and are therefore a good choice for both small and large aquaria. They are not often very colorful, but many have a fun personality which many aquarists fall for.

The species of the families Aspidontus and Plagiotremus imitate Cleaner Wrasses and can therefore be difficult to identify.

FishBase

Aquarium trade Yes
Distribution Indo-Pacific: Laccadive Islands and Maldives to Mangaréva, Gambier Islands. Western Central Pacific: Guam (Ref. 35721).
English common names Thin-lined rockskipper, Lined blenny, Black-lined blenny
Danish common names Hjælmslimfisk

References and further reading

About references

Jeff Kurtz. 2007. Combtooth Blennies: Bewitching Bottom Dwellers - Tropical Fish Hobbyist - (English)
Scott W. Michael. Reef Aquarium Fishes: 500+ Essential-to-know Species - TFH Publications / Microcosm Ltd. - (English)
Bob Fenner. The True/Combtooth Blennies, Family Blenniidae - Wet Web Media - (English)
Bob Fenner. Blennioids: Blennies and Blenny-Like Fishes - Wet Web Media - (English)

Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2014. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, version (08/2014).

Tags

algae eater, herbivore, blenny
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