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A subject intended to take 213 seahorses from Ecuador to the Netherlands

A man of Chinese citizenship was arrested in Ecuador when he tried to traffic 213 dead seahorses (Hippocampus) to the Netherlands, a species at risk, the prosecution reported Monday.

The arrest took place in the international airport of Guayaquil (southwest) when the defendant tried "to remove marine species from the country, on a flight to Amsterdam," the entity said in a statement.

The seahorses, which were distributed in five plastic bags and were found in a suitcase.

A judge ordered that the detainee appear on Mondays and Fridays before the prosecutor in charge of the case and prohibited him from leaving the country until he was tried, at a hearing set for next October 7, says AFP.

Ecuadorian law punishes with penalties of a crimes against wild flora and fauna to three years in prison, the prosecution said.