CIE Seminar Series – 2021: Study on the potential conservation sites for three species of Asian horseshoe crabs in Indonesia

SPEAKER: Dr Lusita Meilana, Ecology, College of the Environment and Ecology, Xiamen University, China.

DATE & TIME: Friday, 10th September 2021 @ 12:00noon.

LOCATION: Seminar to be streamed via Zoom. Click HERE to connect (Meeting ID: 408 120 6183, Password: 06048505).

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The horseshoe crab has been reported as a significant player in supporting pharmaceutical industries. To this end, conservation scientists have been striving to protect the species from dwindling in population for the sustainable global utilization of horseshoe crab blood.

Although several countries have made progress in conserving the spawning and nursery grounds, Indonesia faces several challenges in setting up the conservation sites.

These main challenges include: (1) a dearth of knowledge of ecology and population status of horseshoe crabs in Indonesia, and (2) none of the previous studies have reported spawning/nursery grounds of horseshoe crabs nor have documented horseshoe crab larvae and juveniles in Indonesia.

In this talk, I will explore (1) the population status, potential distribution, and associated threats of Indonesian horseshoe crabs, (2) the characteristic of the nursery habitat of juvenile Asian horseshoe crabs and their correlation with population density, and (3) the priority area for conservation with a new approach.


I am a postdoctoral researcher of the Ecology at Xiamen University and a member of the Asian Horseshoe crabs Working Group (WG) of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Horseshoe Crab Species Specialist Group (SSG).

My Ph.D. thesis project was focused on the spatial identification of marine protected areas (MPAs), constructs a method for identifying potential marine protected areas based on cumulative risk assessment, and carries out practical applications. The horseshoe crab is one of the case study species.

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