Meiacanthus phaeus, Elizabeth Reef, NSW, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Uniform dark grey-blue body with elongate dark upper and lower tail margins and black stripes on dorsal and anal fins. Similar M. atrodorsalis (Eyelash Fangblenny) has distinctive ‘eyelash’ and usually a yellow rear body and tail.
Max Size: 9 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 19.8-29.8°C
Habitat: Coral Reef
Habitat Generalisation Index: 3.3
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
IUCN Threat Status: Not Evaluated
Occurrence: Infrequent (7% 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 (3 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.