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 - 15 m (Ref. 90102), usually - m (Ref. ). Tropical; 0°C -
Western Central Pacific: Osprey Reef, Coral Sea and Egum Atoll, Solomon Sea.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 6.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 7401)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 17. Head and body light greyish-brown with numerous dark brown spots, narrow dark brown stripe from upper rear corner of eye to below anterior 3rd of dorsal fin, dark brown to blackish dorsal, anal, and pelvic fins, and pale caudal fin with dark upper and lower margins. Segmented caudal rays 11; outer lobes of caudal fin filamentous in adults of both sexes; body depth about 4.4-4.8 in SL. Maximum size to 11 cm TL (Ref. 90102).
Adults are found in coral reefs (Ref. 41819) and sheltered lagoons (Ref. 90102). 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. 124695)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 27.1 - 29.5, mean 28.5 °C (based on 396 cells).
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 (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.4 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.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (15 of 100) .
Nutrients (Ref. 124155
): Calcium = 146 [73, 296] mg/100g ; Iron = 1.09 [0.65, 1.90] mg/100g ; Protein = 18.1 [16.9, 19.2] % ; Omega3 = 0.123 [0.063, 0.239] g/100g ; Selenium = 24.7 [10.8, 52.6] μg/100g ; VitaminA = 172 [54, 540] μg/100g ; Zinc = 2.09 [1.33, 3.27] mg/100g (wet weight);