Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Blenniidae
(Combtooth blennies) > Blenniinae
Etymology: Meiacanthus: Greek, meion = less = lessen + Greek, akantha = thorn (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range ? - 20 m (Ref. 48636). Tropical
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 8.5 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2272)
Similar to M. atrodorsalis, but lacks yellow and black lines from eye and along dorsal fin are longer and thicker (Ref. 48636).
Indo-West Pacific: northern Sri Lanka, and western Java Sea. Reported from southeast India (Ref. 9710).
Occurs in coastal and inner reef habitats to about 20 m depth (Ref. 48636). Inhabits coral reefs (Ref. 9710). Exhibits sexual dimorphism. Juveniles usually found solitary and adults occasionally in pairs (Ref. 48636). Oviparous (Ref. 205). Eggs are demersal and adhesive (Ref. 205).
Smith-Vaniz, W.F., 1987. The saber-toothed blennies, tribe Nemophini (Pisces: Bleniidae): an update. Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philad. 139:1-52.
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
Threat to humans
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01107 (-0.15957 - 0.18170), b=2.97 (2.88 - 3.07), based on LWR estimates for this family-BS (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (17 of 100) .