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Tue 16 May 2006

Freshwater crab research in Jiangxi, China

Category : research

As part of preliminary collaborative research efforts with Zhou Xianmin (Medical School, Nanchang University, Jiangxi, China) and Shih Hsi-Te (National Chung-Hsing University, Taiwan), Darren Yeo and Tohru Naruse of the Systematics and Ecology Lab, DBS, NUS, recently made a short trip to Jiangxi, China (19-25 April 2006).

The collaborations focus mainly on the systematics, taxonomy, and biogeography of freshwater crabs (Potamidae and Parathelphusidae) and associated parasitic lung flukes (Paragonimus) from the Wuyi Mountain Range on the eastern border of Jiangxi Province. Fieldwork and sampling was carried out in the foothill regions of southwestern Wuyi mountains (Ningdu and Ruijing counties), while laboratory work on collections of freshwater crab specimens was conducted at the laboratories of Medical School, Nanchang University.

Preliminary findings from our work there already suggest that we may be dealing with some species of freshwater crabs that may be new to science; these are currently being investigated and, if confirmed, will be described in upcoming publications. Initiatives for continued and additional research collaborations among and between the individual researchers and institutes were also discussed.

In addition to the research work carried out during this trip, one afternoon was also set aside for a seminar session in which the visiting researchers introduced various topics to the staff and students of the Medical School, Nanchang University.

Fig. 1 (L-R): Tohru Naruse, Zhou Xianmin, Shih Hsi-Te, and Darren Yeo.

Fig. 2. Fieldwork in Ningdu County, Jiangxi.

By Darren Yeo. Thanks to Shih Hsi-Te for the photos.

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