The brown-banded pipefish is a small size fish and can reach a maximum size of 10 centimetres (3.9 in) length. The skin has a base colour of light tan with broad reddish-brown bands on the body, each 3-4 rings wide, which lie across the side and dorsal surfaces, occasionally these are divided to form two closely set bands, and sometimes they are indistinct on the posterior third of the tail. The head lacks prominent stripes behind eye and the ventral surface of anterior trunk rings is blotched with dark brown in males, while often being marked with small paired spots in females.
Fijian Banded Pipefish, Brown-banded Pipefish |
Government evidence of impact of climate change:
IUCN Red List Assessment, Corythoichthys amplexus
Threats (see Appendix for additional information) Corythoichthys amplexus is under threat from ongoing coral reef degradation and loss due to coastal development and pollution; destructive fishing practices such as trawling and dynamite fishing; and the effects of anthropogenic climate change including ocean acidification and rising sea surface temperatures (Bruno and Selig 2007; Carpenter et al. 2008; De’Ath et al. 2012; Normile 2016).
The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species Corythoichthys amplexus published in 2016. http dx.doi.org 10.2305 IUCN.UK.2016 3.RLTS.T155165A67619073.en The species and its coral habitat would likely benefit from international efforts to mitigate anthropogenic climate change.
One third of reef building corals face elevated extinction risk from climate change and local impacts.