Re ECF Project: 2015-09

Project Title: Marine invertebrate larvae in Hong Kong waters: Development of sampling and photo identification guides for larval decapods and stomatopods

Applicant: Dr Kit Yu Karen CHAN, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Total Approved Grant: $499,850

Duration: 1/4/2016 to 30/9/2017

Project Status/Remarks: On-going

Many marine organisms have complex life histories and rely on their planktonic larval stages for dispersal. Abundances and conditions of these larval stages could have significant implications for population dynamics of a species. To date, there are few systematic studies on the zooplankton community in Hong Kong waters. Existing work often focuses on numerically dominant species, despite marine invertebrate larvae, especially those of decapods and stomatopods, have significant commercially and ecological value. To fill in this knowledge gap, the proposed project have four main objectives:

a) To develop a best-practice guide for sampling zooplankton, especially for marine invertebrate larvae;
b) To develop a web-based photo-identification guide for commercially important crustacean larvae;
c) To pilot test and develop a database for the use of DNA barcoding technique to identify commercially important crustacean larvae; and
d) To describe the seasonal dynamics (abundance and distribution) of marine invertebrate larvae in Port Shelter.

Summary of the Findings/Outcomes:
To be available upon completion of the project