Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Blenniiformes
(Blennies) > Blenniidae
(Combtooth blennies) > Blenniinae
Etymology: Meiacanthus: Greek, meion = less = lessen + Greek, akantha = thorn (Ref. 45335); oualanensis: Named for the island of Ovalau (Fiji); should have been ovalauensis (Ref.54980)..
More on author: Günther.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated. Tropical
Western Central Pacific: Fiji.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 10.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 54980)
(total): 4 - 5;
soft rays: 16 - 18. Lunate caudal fin with elongated lobes in large adults; body coloration bright yellow, head somewhat greenish dorsally; dorsal fin with faint greenish stripe; axil of pectoral fin with dark spot; caudal fin transparent at centroposterior area with translucent dusky rays. Doral rays IV-V (rarely V), 25-28 but typically 27; segmented caudal rays 11-12 (typically 11); with lateral line (Ref. 54980).
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).
Smith-Vaniz, W.F., 1987. The saber-toothed blennies, tribe Nemophini (Pisces: Bleniidae): an update. Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philad. 139:1-52. (Ref. 7401)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 125652)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00562 (0.00258 - 0.01228), b=3.06 (2.87 - 3.25), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-BS (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.5 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
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) .
Climate Vulnerability (Ref. 125649
): (0 of 100) .
Nutrients (Ref. 124155
): Calcium = 104 [54, 200] mg/100g ; Iron = 0.941 [0.577, 1.600] mg/100g ; Protein = 18.1 [17.0, 19.2] % ; Omega3 = 0.114 [0.061, 0.213] g/100g ; Selenium = 27.6 [12.4, 56.7] μg/100g ; VitaminA = 147 [49, 455] μg/100g ; Zinc = 1.84 [1.21, 2.81] mg/100g (wet weight);