Corythoichthys schultzi can reach a length up to 16 centimetres (6.3 in) in males. The body is cylindrical and very elongated. These pipefishes have a cryptic coloration making the difficult to be detected by both prey and predators. The basic color of the body is whitish, with small black, brown and reddish dashes and yellowish rings. The eyes are protruding and the snout is long, slightly compressed and thinner than the body. The caudal fin is present but quite small. Adults may form small aggregation. Ovoviviparous, the male carries the eggs in a brood pouch which is found under the tail. In this pouch they also carry the developing young pipefishes.
Schultz's Pipefish |
Government evidence of impact of climate change:
IUCN Red List Assessment, Corythoichthys schultzi
Threats (see Appendix for additional information) Corythoichthys schultzi is under threat from coral reef and seagrass habitat degradation and loss resulting from coastal development; pollution; sedimentation; destructive fishing practices such as dynamite and bottom trawling; and climate change that is leading to increased sea surface temperatures and increased extreme weather events; and ocean acidification (Bruno and Selig 2007; Carpenter et al. 2008; Waycott et al. 2009; Short et al. 2011; De’Ath et al. 2012).
The 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.