Unknown risk of extinction
WRSCF supports Laura-Marie Yap Yen Ling from Republic Polytechnic for this study. This project aims to collect sufficient data so that the breeding and spawning grounds of the mangrove horseshoe crabs can be sanctioned as a nature reserve or sanctuary for these arthropods. Horseshoe crabs, being an easy organism to study, are good indicators of whether the mudflats is a healthy ecosystem or not. A re-introduction program may be essential to ensure that the species does not face extinction. The project also aims to gain further insights into the biology and ecology of horseshoe crabs in the Kranji and Mandai mudflats, and rear horseshoe crabs in captivity to understand their growth patterns, foraging patterns, mating and egg-laying behaviours
WRSCF has supported the lead researcher and the team in setting up a fibre-glass aquarium (including pumps, filter, salt and heater), providing nutrition for the crabs and equipment for field work so that the critical work of breeding the horseshoe crab in captivity is possible and conservationists can learn more about its breeding and foraging patterns, as well as its migratory patterns.