Meiacanthus anema (Bleeker, 1852)
Threadless blenny
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Blenniidae (Combtooth blennies), subfamily: Blenniinae
Max. size:  7.2 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; freshwater; brackish; marine; depth range 0 - 10 m, amphidromous
Distribution:  Asia and Oceania: Indonesia, Philippines, New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and New Hebrides, Vanuatu. Reported from New Caledonia (Ref. 13235).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 6-10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 20-24; Anal spines: 2-2; Anal soft rays: 16-19
Biology:  Adults occur in estuaries and freshwater habitats, frequently where mangrove are abundant. Presence of toxic buccal glands associated with the grooved canines. This is avoided by predators which even reject it unharmed if they try to ingest it. Oviparous. Eggs are demersal and adhesive (Ref. 205), and are attached to the substrate via a filamentous, adhesive pad or pedestal (Ref. 94114). Larvae are planktonic, often found in shallow, coastal waters (Ref. 94114). Both fang and venom gland is present (Ref. 57406).
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 17 August 2011 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  venomous
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 19.07.94
Modified by: Casal, Christine Marie V. - 12.04.18

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