Characterized by tan to dark brown color with 10-12 narrow pale bars crossing back, sometimes with dark bars crossing lower part of side and ventral surface of trunk; 1-6 dark blotches between lateral and superior trunk ridges in lighter fish; 10 caudal rays; rings 15 + 28 – 31; discontinuous superior trunk and tail ridges; inferior trunk ridge ends at anal ring; continuous lateral trunk ridge with inferior tail ridge; length of snout 2.3-3.0 in head length; depth of snout 2.1-3.1 in snout length; head length 7.2-8.9 in SL
Tidepool Pipefish |
Government evidence of impact of climate change:
IUCN Red List Assessment, Micrognathus micronotopterus
Threats (see Appendix for additional information) The main threat to M. micronotopterus is ongoing coral reef and seagrass degradation and loss due to coastal development and pollution; destructive fishing practices such as trawling and dynamite fishing; and the effects of climate change including rising sea surface temperatures and ocean acidification (Bruno and Selig 2007; Carpenter et al. 2008; Short et al. 2011).
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.