FST building, UIN News Online – UIN Jakarta establishes a collaborative research on Hermit Crabs with researchers from Seto Marine Biological Laboratory, Kyoto University, Japan. The researcher is Akihiro Yoshikawa, the Master Program student in Marine Biology who lived in Indonesia since last July.

This study is aimed to enrich the knowledge of marine biology, as well as to find other species of the hermit crabs family, and also to looking for the answer regarding the cause color differences on hermit crabs in every region. It was delivered by Professor of Biology UIN Jakarta Prof Dr. Lily Surayya Eka Putri in her office shortly after receiving the researcher from Kyoto University, Friday (8/12).

“Discussion about this research collaboration have been proposed since last year, during the Marine Course event at Amakusa Marine Biological Laboratory (AMBL) Kyushu University in 2015. Alhamdulillah, the research will be realized this year.” She said.

In the same place, (Akihiro Yoshikawa.red) admitted that she is pleased to be able to collaborate with FST UIN Jakarta, and expect to establish cooperation in other scientific fields.

Yoshi (Yoshikawa -red) explains, Hermit crabs are decapod crustaceans of the superfamily Paguroidea who have asymmetrical abdomen, which is soft. The vulnerable abdomen is protected from predators by a salvaged empty seashell carried by the hermit crab, into which its whole body can retract.

“These animals have different color variations in each country or even region. I’ve been doing research in Japan, Taipei, Thailand, and Indonesia. It’s all different and has its own characteristics,” she explained.

Still according to Yoshi, the cause of color differences of hermit crabs is an interesting thing to study. The method used in the research is the molecular genetics, the modern approach compared to the taxonomy.

“This research is expected to answer the question of what causes the color differences on hermit crabs in each region and country, as well as to add a reference to natural knowledge.” Said the researcher who will continue her research to South Africa (lrf/yma/umar)

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