Meiacanthus abruptus Smith-Vaniz & Allen, 2011
Komodo fangblenny
photo by Allen, G.R.

Family:  Blenniidae (Combtooth blennies), subfamily: Blenniinae
Max. size:  3.66 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 1 - 5 m
Distribution:  Indian Ocean: Indonesia, Komodo Island, Slawi Bay (Ref. 87904).
Diagnosis:  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, 25 or 26; color pattern characterized by a single black mid-lateral stripe that is bluntly rounded at its terminus on the caudal-fin base; dorsal fin pale distally with a wide black proximal stripe; white or yellow stripe above and below dark mid-lateral stripe; belly and flanks pale to rich yellow (Ref. 87904).
Biology:  Adults inhabit sheltered bays, along mangrove and rocky shores (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).
IUCN Red List Status: Vulnerable (VU); Date assessed: 23 March 2012 (B2ab(iii)) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Busson, Frédéric - 30.09.11
Modified by: Torres, Armi G. - 30.07.15

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