Booth’s pipefish (Halicampus boothae) is a species of marine fish of the family Syngnathidae. It is found in the Western Indian Ocean, in South Africa and the Comoro Islands, and in the Western Pacific, from South Korea and Japan to the Great Barrier Reef and Tonga. It lives in rocks and coral reefs to depths of 30 metres (98 ft), where it can grow to lengths of 17.5 centimetres (6.9 in). This species is ovoviviparous, with males carrying eggs and giving birth to live young. The specific name honours for Julie Booth, who “presented many interesting fishes to the Australian Museum from New South Wales and Lord Howe Island”.
Booth's Pipefish |
Government evidence of impact of climate change:
IUCN Red List Assessment, Halicampus boothae
Threats (see Appendix for additional information) Coral reefs are declining as a result of the impacts of climate change; destructive fishing; and coastal development globally (e.g.; Carpenter et al. 2008) as well as regionally (Bruno and Selig 2007) and locally (De’Ath et al. 2012) within the range of Halicampus boothae.
One third of reef building corals face elevated extinction risk from climate change and local impacts.