Striped Blenny (Meiacanthus grammistes)
This species bears alternating black and white longitudinal stripes, with the white stripes increasingly blending into yellow pigments towards the head. Striped Blennies have a less pronounced lyretail.
Meiacanthus grammistes is a carnivore of zooplankton and other bite-size invertebrates. Like most members of this genus, they have evolved a stinging bite for protection against predators. They have also evolved bright colors as an effective reminder to predators, who distinctly associate this species with a stinging experience. Interestingly, other non-venomous species have evolved to look like some Meiacanthus species in color and shape, so that predators also avoid them. This species is mimicked by Petroscirtes breviceps.
These blennies are widely distributed in the Pacific. Its natural range spans from Indo-China eastward to Papua New Guinea, northward to Southern Japan’s Ryukyu Islands, southward to Northwest Australia and the Great Barrier Reef.
This species ignores other species. They are often present in mid-water, hovering near its favorite rock crevice.
Usually ignores corals and most invertebrates.
Proaquatix specimens have been weaned to take aquarium pellets and flakes. Freshly frozen invertebrates such as ocean plankton, Mysis shrimp, brine shrimp, and chopped squid.