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      Meiacanthus grammistes
      Common Name: Striped Fang Blenny, Striped Blenny, Striped Poison-Fang Blenny, Grammistes Blenny
      Max. size: 11.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine
      Climate: tropical
      Distribution: Western Pacific = Indochina to Papua New Guinea, north to Ryukyu Islands, south to northwestern Australia and the Great Barrier Reef; Palau and Yap in Micronesia. Replaced by Meiacanthus kamoharai in southern Japan.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 4; Dorsal soft rays (total): 25-28; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 14-16. Identified by the lined pattern on the body that ends in spots on the tail-fin base.
      Biology: A solitary species found in sheltered lagoon and seaward reefs. Occasionally several together in close vicinity to each other. Oviparous. Several geographical variations and is mimicked by another blenny Petroscirtes breviceps.
      Aquarium Care: Provide plenty of live rock for hiding and hunting small crustaceans. It is not usually aggressive unless the tank mates appear to have a similar shape as it does. Its venomous fangs are a defense mechanism. The Striped Fang Blenny will mainly swim within the middle of the tank, and hide inside of the cliffs and overhangs of the rock structure.
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      Keywords: Striped Fang Blenny; Grammastis Poison Blenny

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