Choeroichthys suillus (pigsnout pipefish or barred short-bodied pipefish) is a species of marine fish of the family Syngnathidae. It is endemic to Australia, occurring from Perth, along northern Australia, to southern Queensland. It lives in coral reefs to a depth of 14 metres (46 ft), where it can grow to lengths of 6 centimetres (2.4 in). This species is ovoviviparous, with males carrying eggs and giving birth to live young. Within the reef it is found among coral rubble.
Pig-snouted Pipefish |
Government evidence of impact of climate change:
IUCN Red List Assessment, Choeroichthys suillus
Threats (see Appendix for additional information) The major threat to wild populations of Choeroichthys suillus is coral reef habitat loss due to coastal development; pollution; destructive fishing practices; and climate change (Bruno and Selig 2007; Carpenter et al. 2008; De’Ath et al. 2012; Normile 2016).
This species would likely benefit from international efforts to mitigate climate change.
One third of reef building corals face elevated extinction risk from climate change and local impacts.