Common names from other countries
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Blenniidae
(Combtooth blennies) > Blenniinae
Etymology: Meiacanthus: Greek, meion = less = lessen + Greek, akantha = thorn (Ref. 45335); luteus: Specific epithet means 'yellow', referring to the brilliant upper body coloration of the species.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 0 - 35 m (Ref. 7401). Tropical; 19°S - 20°S
Western Pacific: northern Australia, from Western Australia to Queensland.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 10.3 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2334)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 16 - 18. Males with prolonged pelvic fins and caudal-fin lobes; extending from front of snout through eye and caudal-fin base is a midlateral dark brown to black stripe; another dark brown stripe commencing above eye and passing dorsally on body at base of dorsal fin; head and body between 2 stripes bright yellow, below white (Ref. 27362).
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). Poisonous canines provide considerable protection from predators.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Oviparous, distinct pairing (Ref. 205).
Randall, J.E., G.R. Allen and R.C. Steene, 1990. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, Hawaii. 506 p. (Ref. 2334)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 25.8 - 27.3, mean 26.1 (based on 52 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00537 (0.00244 - 0.01183), b=3.05 (2.86 - 3.24), 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 (22 of 100) .