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Campichthys tricarinatus


Campichthys tricarinatus (three-keel pipefish) is a species of marine fish of the family Syngnathidae. It is found in the western central Pacific Ocean, from Montebello Island (Western Australia) to Cape York (Queensland), and specimens have been recorded around the Northern Mariana and Marshall Islands. It is found at depths of 3–11 metres (9.8–36.1 ft), and can grow to lengths of 4.4 centimetres (1.7 in). This species is ovoviviparous, with males carrying eggs in a brood pouch until giving birth to live young.

Government evidence of impact of climate change:

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  • IUCN Red List Assessment, Campichthys tricarinatus

    The species is likely declining due to coral reef habitat degradation and loss due to coastal development; pollution; destructive fishing; and climate change; but is not likely approaching thresholds for a threatened listing.

    Threats (see Appendix for additional information) Campichthys tricarinatus is threatened by ongoing coral reef habitat loss that is occurring due to coastal development; pollution; destructive fishing practices such as trawling; and the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification (Bruno and Selig 2007; Carpenter et al. 2008).

    This species would likely benefit from national and international efforts to mitigate anthropogenic climate change.

    One third of reef building corals face elevated extinction risk from climate change and local impacts.