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Choeroichthys sculptus


Choeroichthys sculptus is a small secretive species with a short snout, and with body and tail sections which are approximately equal in length. C. sculptus is dark brown in colour with 2-3 rows of black-margined white spots along its sides with larger white spots along its back and dark spots situated on the lower part of and on either side of the head. The trunk and tail rings show notches between the rings with conspicuous scutella each of which has a projecting ridge or keel. They can grow to lengths of 8.5 centimetres (3.3 in).

Government evidence of impact of climate change:

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  • IUCN Red List Assessment, Choeroichthys sculptus

    Mangroves; seagrass beds; and coral reefs have all undergone declines in recent history due to coastal development; pollution; destructive fishing practices; and climate change (Waycott et al. 2009; Polidoro et al. 2010; Short et al. 2011; Bruno and Selig 2007; Carpenter et al. 2008).

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

    Climate change severe weather 11.1.