Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Blenniidae
(Combtooth blennies) > Blenniinae
Etymology: Meiacanthus: Greek, meion = less = lessen + Greek, akantha = thorn (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 1 - 13 m (Ref. 52304). Tropical
Eastern Indian Ocean: known from the type locality, Surin Neur Island, south coast, Phangnga Province, Surin Islands, 9°24'56"N, 97°52'40"E.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 8.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 90102)
(total): 4 - 5;
soft rays: 15 - 16;
Vertebrae: 32 - 34. A species of Meiacanthus with dentary glands positioned ventraly and encapsulated in dentary bone; no lateral line; mid-point of supratemporal canal ending in pair of pores; only 2 pores each in mandibular and posttemporal series; posttemporal bone reduced, wedge-shaped without ventral arm; infraorbital bones; and colour pattern characterized by uniformly pale tan body with narrow dark lateral stripe extending from snout to near beginning of bright orange-yellow caudal peduncle, where it is typically interrupted and replaced by elongate black spot.
Adults inhabit coral outcrops, coastal reefs. They occur in small or large groups which may exceed 100 individuals (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). Mimicked by Cheilodipterus quinquelineatus (Ref. 90102). Minimum depth of 1 m reported from Ref. 90102.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Oviparous, distinct pairing (Ref. 205).
Eschmeyer, W.N. (ed.), 2003. Catalog of fishes. Updated database version of March 2003. Catalog databases as made available to FishBase in March 2003. (Ref. 46206)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 28.4 - 29.4, mean 29 (based on 162 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00562 (0.00261 - 0.01211), b=3.04 (2.85 - 3.23), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (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 (15 of 100) .