The high demand for the A. ocellaris in the aquarium trade has reduced the population size in some locations, leaving the local populations open to over-exploitation and other threats (Nelson et al. 1996). The species is not classified as threatened or endangered (IUCN 2003); however, as threats to coral reefs increase, A. ocellaris may face habitat degradation and possibly be threatened in the future. Coral reefs face many issues including sedimentation, eutrophication, exploitation of resources, and possible sea temperature increases due to global warming (Bhat 2004). (Bhat, 2004; IUCN, 2003; Nelson, Phang, and Chou, 1996)
- Bhat, A. 2004. Coral reefs and their fauna: An underwater fantasyland. Resonance, September: 62-73.