Meiacanthus phaeus

Twilight fangblenny
Meiacanthus phaeus
Meiacanthus phaeus, Elizabeth Reef, NSW, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith


Tropical Indo-Pacific


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

Depth: 3-12m

Habitat Generalization Index: 3.29

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: Infrequent (7.1% 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.

Edit by: Joe Shields