This species is sold locally and internationally for use in traditional medicines, in the aquarium trade and as curios (1). It is one of the most valuable seahorses in traditional Chinese medicine and is very popular as an aquarium species. In 2001, the global consumption of seahorses was estimated at 25 million seahorses (over 70 metric tonnes) (3). Furthermore, habitat degradation and pollution in some areas reduces the available habitat for the species, and it is also often accidentally caught as by-catch in the shrimp-trawling industry (1).
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