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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)
Order: Perciformes (Perch-likes)
Family: Blenniidae (Combtooth blennies)

Genus/Species: Meiacanthus smithi

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS: Blennies are distinguished by their single, long continuous dorsal fin, their pelvic fins situated in front of their pectorals, and their habit of resting on the bottom with curved bodies. Smith’s Fang blenny has two canine teeth in their lower jaw have a groove in the front of each tooth which carries venom into any aggressor.

Max length: 8.5 cm (3.34 in)

DISTRIBUTION/HABITAT: Indo-western Pacific Ocean. Found in coastal and inner reef habitats to about 20 m depth.

DIET IN THE WILD: plankton
They have a well-developed swim bladder and reduced vulnerability to predation that allows them to feed in the water column and forage over a wide area

REPRODUCTION: Oviparous, Eggs are demersal and adhesive. Distinct pairing.

IUCN Least concern.


California Academy of Sciences, Steinhart Aquarium, Animal Attractions 2018

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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)
Order: Perciformes (Perch-likes)
Family: Blenniidae (Combtooth blennies)

GENUS/SPECIES: Salarias fasciatus

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS: The head has small, branched supraorbital and nuchal filamentous skin projections (cirri). The body is usually olive to brown with dark bars and a large number of round or elongated white spots of different sizes with several dusky bands.

Length up to about 12 cm (4.75 in).

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DISTRIBUTION/HABITAT: Tropical Indo-Pacific. Found in intertidal areas to a few meters in-depth on reef flats and in shallow lagoons and estuaries.

DIET IN THE WILD: Algae eaters; tend to be territorial about feeding areas.


REPRODUCTION: Oviparous; form pairs and guard nests.


REMARKS: Tends to hop from rock to rock looking for food. Its nickname “Lawnmower Blenny” comes from its prodigious and efficient algal consumption using comb-like teeth that line the jaws.


California Academy of Sciences Philippine coral reef 2016

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Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)
Order: Perciformes (Perch-likes)
Family: Blenniidae (Combtooth blennies

Genus/species: Meiacanthus grammistes


GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS: Deep-bodied with a pointed snout and long continues dorsal fin. It is brown with tan wavy bands stretches the length of its body. On the dorsal fin near the head is a small blue spot. It grows to a size of 10 cm (4 inches) in length. Lined pattern on the body that ends in spots on the tail-fin base.

DISTRIBUTION/HABITAT: Western Pacific and Eastern Atlantic Ocean in sheltered lagoons and seaward reefs.

DIET IN THE WILD: DIET IN THE WILD: Omnivorous; small invertebrates and plant material. Remarks: About 50 blenny spp., including the 22 Meiacanthus spp., have evolved glands that produce venom and fangs to deliver it. The fangs are very large canines in the lower jaw that are grooved to inject venom when the fish bites, usually only in self-defense. Reports indicate that the fang blenny will bite the inside of a predator’s mouth and is quickly spit out.


REPRODUCTION: Oviparous. Eggs are demersal and adhesive

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