IUCN Red List Assessment
Red List Category Year Assessed
Data Deficient Red List Criteria Version
Bartnik, S., Morgan, Pogonoski, J., Pollard, D. & Paxton, J. Reviewer/s
Martin-Smith, K. & Caldwell, I. (Syngnathid Red List Authority) Contributor/s Justification
This species meets the criteria for a Data Deficient listing. The information available for Syngnathoides biaculeatus
includes distribution and life history parameters such as growth, reproduction, and development data (Takahashi et al.
2003, Dhanya et al.
2005) but excludes data on population dynamics. Syngnathoides biaculeatus
is a syngnathid that has a long history of use in traditional medicine (Shi et al.
1993, Pogonoski et al.
2002). While there is abundant information on the occurrence of this species, information on catch and trade levels is scarce. A listing of Data Deficient does not imply that the taxon is not threatened but that not enough information exists to quantify or even estimate extinction risk. Application of the category Data Deficient is a call for more research and scrutiny to be directed at this species. Until there exists more information on the main exploitation method for S. biaculeatus
, (as it is not known if there are directed fisheries for the species or if individuals are caught only as bycatch), the distribution of any fisheries, and the volume of individuals that are caught and traded, the impact of the trade for traditional medicines cannot be assessed with rigour.