Meiacanthus erdmanni  Smith-Vaniz & Allen, 2011

Erdmann's fangblenny
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Blenniidae (Combtooth blennies) > Blenniinae
Etymology: Meiacanthus: Greek, meion = less = lessen + Greek, akantha = thorn (Ref. 45335);  erdmanni: Named for Mark V. Erdmann, who collected the holotype, and in acknowledgement of his efforts to promote conservation of the Bird's Head biodiversity hot spot and document the fishes of the region.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 3 - 65 m (Ref. 90102).   Tropical; 2°S - 3°S, 134°E - 135°E

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Pacific Ocean: Indonesia, West Papua Province, Cenderawasih Bay, patch reef north of Tridacna Atoll, 2°25.830'S, 134°54.409'E, 65 m, at base of steep outer reef slope (Ref. 87904).

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 3.6 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 87904)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

A species of Meiacanthus (subgenus Meiacanthus) with major portion of dentary gland dorsally positioned and held in place laterally by dorsolateral flange of dentary; dorsal fin IV, 24; color pattern characterized by two mid-lateral dark stripes, and dorsal fin with a dark submarginal stripe and about 10 dark proximal blotches (Ref. 87904).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Adults are found at depths of 3-15 m (Ref. 87904), but at Cenderawasih Bay they may be found at about 65 m deep (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).

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Smith-Vaniz, W.F. and G.R. Allen, 2011. Three new species of the fangblenny genus Meiacanthus from Indonesia, with color photographs and comments on other species (Teleostei: Blenniidae: Nemophini). Zootaxa 3046:39-58. (Ref. 87904)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01122 (0.00514 - 0.02450), b=3.04 (2.87 - 3.21), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.2   ±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 (10 of 100) .