Meiacanthus grammistes

Striped fang-blenny | Black-banded Blenny | Grammistes Blenny | Line-spot Harp-tail | Line-spot Harptail Blenny | Linespot Fangblenny | Striped Blenny | Striped Poison-fang Blenny
Meiacanthus grammistes
Meiacanthus grammistes, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Meiacanthus grammistes
Meiacanthus grammistes, male, WA, Australia, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
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Meiacanthus grammistes, QLD, Australia, Photo: Joe Shields
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Meiacanthus grammistes, adult, Bali, Indonesia, Photo: Ian Shaw
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Meiacanthus grammistes
Meiacanthus grammistes
Meiacanthus grammistes
Meiacanthus grammistes


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Three broad black stripes from head head to tail breaking into black spots on tail base and tail fin, yellow head grading to white body and white-edged black spot on pectoral fin base. Stripes on similar M. lineatus (Lined Fangblenny) and Petroscirtes fallax (Yellow Sabretooth Blenny) do not end as dots or continue onto tail fin.


Max Size: 11 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 20.2-31.2°C

Depth: 1-20 m

Habitat Generalization Index: 15.8

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Not Evaluated

Occurrence: Common (29.3% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Few (2 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: Joe Shields