IUCN Red List Assessment
Red List Category
Red List Criteria
The extent of occurrence for this species is presently much greater than 20,000 km², but because there is very little information on threats (e.g., fisheries data) and population abundance/trends this species has been listed as Data Deficient. A listing of Data Deficient does not imply that the species is not threatened, but instead that not enough information exists to estimate extinction risk. E. draconis may be susceptible to increased fishing pressure for Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as other economically important target species, including seahorses, decline. This could result in more fishers collecting sea moths to supplement their income (Vincent 1997). E. draconis has also been recorded in low densities (Pajaro et al. 2004) and possesses life history characteristics that may make it particularly sensitive to exploitation (Vincent 1997). The application of Data Deficient is a call for more research and scrutiny to be directed at this species.
- 1996Data Deficient(Baillie and Groombridge 1996)