It is found in the Indo-Pacific, from the Red Sea and East Africa to the Society Islands, the Philippines, Guam, and northern Australia. It inhabits tide pools, seagrass, rocky coastlines, mangroves, and coral reef areas at depths of 2–25 metres (6.6–82.0 ft), where it can grow to lengths of 7 centimetres (2.8 in). C. brachysoma shows sexual dimorphism, the females are slender with two rows of black spots along their flanks, while the males have a shorter, wider body marked with scattered, small white spots.This species is ovoviviparous, with males carrying eggs in a brood pouch until giving birth to live young. Males may brood at 3.5–4 centimetres (1.4–1.6 in).
Pacific Short-bodied Pipefish, Short-bodied Pipefish |
Government evidence of impact of climate change:
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IUCN Red List Assessment, Choeroichthys brachysoma
The effects of climate change (rising temperatures and ocean acidification) hinder coral development causing slower growth rates (Crook et al. 2013); and coral bleaching (Hoegh Guldberg 1999).