Lined Fangblenny, Meiacanthus lineatus (De Vis 1884)


Other Names: Yellow-lined Harp-tail, Yellow-lined Harptail Blenny

A Lined Fangblenny, Meiacanthus lineatus, at Cook Island, south of Tweed Heads, New South Wales, June 2011. Source: Ian Shaw / Reef Life Survey. License: CC By Attribution

Summary:
A yellow to whitish fangblenny with three black stripes along the head and body, a black submarginal band on the dorsal fin and a white underside. The Lined Fangblenny is found only on the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland.

Lined Fangblennies have a pair of venomous canines in the lower jaw that are used for protection against predators and to protect the blenny's territory - not for feeding. This species  is mimicked by the Yellow Sabretooth Blenny, Petroscirtes fallax, and juvenile Two-line Monocle Bream, Scolopsis bilineata.

Cite this page as:
Dianne J. Bray, Meiacanthus lineatus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 14 Nov 2018, http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/4739

Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37408053

Biology:Venomous fangs

Depth:0-14 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:9.5 cm TL

Native:Endemic

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