Choeroichthys cinctus (barred shortbody pipefish) is a species of marine fish of the family Syngnathidae. It is found in the Western Pacific Ocean, from Indonesia and the Philippines to Samoa, where it usually inhabits sheltered reef habitats at depths over 10 metres (33 ft). It can grow to lengths of 10 centimetres (3.9 in). This species is ovoviviparous, with males carrying eggs in a brood pouch until giving birth to live young. Males may brood at 3 centimetres (1.2 in).
Barred Short-bodied Pipefish, Girdled Pipefish |
Government evidence of impact of climate change:
IUCN Red List Assessment, Choeroichthys cinctus
Threats (see Appendix for additional information) The major threat to Choeroichthys cinctus is coral reef habitat loss due to coastal development; pollution; destructive fishing practices such as trawling; and climate change impacts including increases in sea surface temperatures and ocean acidification (Bruno and Selig 2007; Carpenter et al. 2008; De’Ath et al. 2012).
This species would likely benefit from efforts to mitigate climate change.
One third of reef building corals face elevated extinction risk from climate change and local impacts.