Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Blenniiformes
(Blennies) > Blenniidae
(Combtooth blennies) > Blenniinae
Etymology: Meiacanthus: Greek, meion = less = lessen + Greek, akantha = thorn (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 5 - 21 m (Ref. 86942). Tropical
Pacific Ocean: Fiji and Tonga.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 9.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 54980)
(total): 4 - 5;
soft rays: 16 - 17. Lunate caudal fin with elongated lobes in adults; live color dark olive with wedge-shaped, orange-yellow stripe along sides of body; cheek and opercle green; caudal-fin base and lobes black with centroposterior area transparent whitish with dusky rays. Dorsal rays IV-V (usually V), 26-27; segmented caudal rays 11-13 (Ref. 54980).
Adults swim above the bottom. They feed on zooplankton. 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).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Oviparous, distinct pairing (Ref. 205).
Lieske, E. and R. Myers, 1994. Collins Pocket Guide. Coral reef fishes. Indo-Pacific & Caribbean including the Red Sea. Haper Collins Publishers, 400 p. (Ref. 9710)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 125652)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 123201
): 25.2 - 27.6, mean 26.2 °C (based on 182 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00562 (0.00256 - 0.01233), b=3.06 (2.87 - 3.25), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.45 se; based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100).
Nutrients (Ref. 124155
): Calcium = 115 [62, 221] mg/100g ; Iron = 0.878 [0.550, 1.475] mg/100g ; Protein = 18.4 [17.3, 19.4] % ; Omega3 = 0.128 [0.072, 0.227] g/100g ; Selenium = 26.7 [12.7, 51.8] μg/100g ; VitaminA = 210 [77, 555] μg/100g ; Zinc = 1.7 [1.1, 2.5] mg/100g (wet weight);