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Meiacanthus ditrema  Smith-Vaniz, 1976

One-striped poison-fang blenny
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Australia country information

Common names: Schooling fangblenny, Schooling harp-tail
Occurrence: native
Salinity: marine
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Uses: no uses
Comments: Museum: Rowley Shoals, WA, WAM P.27666-001, P.28021-047. Escape Reef, AMS I.22586-013, I.22633-023 (Ref. 7401). Also Ref. 90102.
National Checklist:
Country Information: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/resources/the-world-factbook/geos/as.html
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Occurrences: Occurrences Point map
Main Ref: Myers, R.F., 1991
National Database:

Common names from other countries

Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa

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 Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 0 - 18 m (Ref. 58018).   Tropical; 30°N - 22°S

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri

Western Pacific: Moluccas and the Philippines east to Samoa, north to Ryukyu Islands, south to Rowley Shoals in Western Australia and the northern Great Barrier Reef and Tonga; Palau (Belau) in Micronesia.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 6.5 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 90102)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 5 - 6; Dorsal soft rays (total): 225; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 15 - 18. Males with long filaments from the tips of the tail (Ref. 48636).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Adults are found on reef slopes with large soft-coral communities (Ref. 48636). They form groups usually among gorgonians or black coral (Ref. 90102) in shallow protected reefs. Relatively common and broadly distributed. 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). Minimum depth from Ref. 58018.

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Oviparous, distinct pairing (Ref. 205).

Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : Williams, Jeffrey T. | Collaborators

Myers, R.F., 1991. Micronesian reef fishes. Second Ed. Coral Graphics, Barrigada, Guam. 298 p. (Ref. 1602)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Venomous (Ref. 1602)




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 25.7 - 29.3, mean 28.5 (based on 1738 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 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   ±0.45 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (13 of 100) .