Permanent intertidal fish from the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman, Iran

Document Type : Research articles


School of Biology, College of Science, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran


The present study provides the first large scale survey on intertidal ichthyofauna along the coastline of Iran from Gawater Bay (Border of Pakistan) in the Gulf of Oman to ArvandKenar (Border of Iraq) in the Persian Gulf. This study was carried out in the years 2005-2006 at 15 stations, including mangrove, mudflat and rocky shores. Specimens were collected at low tide from tide pools, using chlorine and hand net. Although 36 species from 15 families were collected only 17 species including Alticus kirkii, Antennablennius bifilum, A. variopunctatus, Istiblennius edentulous, I. pox, I. spilotus, Parablennius opercularis, Omobranchus fasciolatus, O. mekranensis, O. punctatus, (belong to family Blenniidae) and Boleophthalmus dussumieri, Periophthalmus waltoni, Scartelaos tenuis, Acentrogobius dayi, Bathygobius meggitti, Cryptocentroides arabicus and Istigobius ornatus (belong to family Gobiidae) were regarded as permanent residents.