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Phoxocampus diacanthus


Phoxocampus diacanthus, also known as the obscure pipefish or spined pipefish, is a species of marine fish belonging to the family Sygnathidae. It can be found inhabiting reefs throughout the Indo-Pacific from Japan and Sri Lanka to Samoa and New Caledonia in the south. Its diet likely consists of small crustaceans. Reproduction occurs through ovoviviparity in which the males brood eggs before giving live birth.

Government evidence of impact of climate change:

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  • IUCN Red List Assessment, Phoxocampus diacanthus

    Specifically the threats include pollution from human development and agricultural practices; destruction from trawling and other destructive fishing practices; and climate change resulting in increased SST; greater temperature extremes; and ocean acidification (Bruno and Selig 2007; Carpenter et al. 2008).

    One third of reef building corals face elevated extinction risk from climate change and local impacts.