Banded Pipefish, Ringed Pipefish  |  

Dunckerocampus dactyliophorus


The banded pipefish or ringed pipefish (Dunckerocampus dactyliophorus) is a species of fish in the Syngnathidae (seahorses and pipefish) family. The banded pipefish is widespread throughout the tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific region, Red Sea included. Its range includes Australia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Indonesia, Japan, the Marshall Islands, New Caledonia, Northern Mariana Islands, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, South Africa, and Taiwan. It inhabits tide pools, lagoons, and outer reef slopes in tropical climates.

Government evidence of impact of climate change:

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  • IUCN Red List Assessment, Dunckerocampus dactyliophorus

    Threats (see Appendix for additional information) Dunckerocampus dactyliophorus is threatened by coral reef degradation and loss due to coastal development and pollution; destructive fishing practices such as dynamite and cyanide fishing and trawling; and the effects of anthropogenic climate change including rising sea surface temperatures and ocean acidification (Bruno and Selig 2007; Carpenter et al. 2008; De’Ath et al. 2012; Normile 2016).

    It 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.

    Climate change severe weather 11.1.