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); cyanopterus: The name is a combination of the Greek Kyanos (blue) and pterus (fin) in reference to the blue dorsal-fin stripe.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 40 - 65 m (Ref. 90102). Tropical; 8°S - 9°S
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri
Indian Ocean: Bali. Known only from deep reef habitats. In addition to the Alor Strait localities, this species was observed by Mark Erdmann at Tulamben, off the north coast of Bali, 8°17.603'S, 115°36.599'E in 65 m.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 4.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 87904)
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, 25 or 26; color pattern characterized by a pair of dark mid-lateral stripes that extend onto the caudal-fin base, and another dark stripe along the dorsal body contour and dorsal-fin base that encroaches onto the fin posteriorly; dorsal fin with black submarginal stripe bordered below by pale stripe, which is blue-violet in life and best developed in males. Description. (values for the holotype are given first followed by the range of the paratypes). Dorsal fin IV, 25 (IV, 25–26). Anal fin II, 14 (II, 14–16). Pectoral fin 14-14 (13-13 to 15-15). Caudal fin: procurrent rays 4+4 (4–5+5–6); segmented rays 11, inner rays not elongated or deeply incised. Vertebrae: precaudal 12 + caudal 21 (12–13+21–22). A pair of canines posteriorly in each jaw, those in lower jaw very large with a deep frontal groove; incisor teeth in lower jaw 17 (16–17); in upper jaw 14 (15–16). Lateral line present, terminating below 5th (3–5) dorsal-fin ray; mandibular and posttemporal pores 3; single median supratemporal pore (Ref. 87904).
Adults are found at depths of 40-65 m inhabiting outer reef slopes (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).
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. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
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Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01148 (0.00443 - 0.02975), b=3.03 (2.81 - 3.25), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (11 of 100) .