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My 6th Birthday- It's purple of course

My 6th Birthday- It's purple of course
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Copyright: Anna Eksteen (Miss_Piggy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2285 W: 5 N: 5300] (18714)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-10-12
Categories: Crustacia
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX1, Sony G lens 20x Optical zoom, Digital ISO 200
Exposure: f/4, 1/50 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-01-05 8:04
Viewed: 3741
Points: 40
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Daum's Reef Lobster / Enoplometopus daumi

Today, is the 6th year that I am a part of the Trek Nature community, and although I cannot participate as much as in the past, I still enjoy it very much to be part of this wonderful site. I have completed 6 years of ever memorable friendship with my Trek Nature friends. I think the best gift I could ever receive is if the older members return to the site. It will give not only me but lots of fellow members great joy.

Thank you my friends for making this place so special, and for showing me all the beauty of our world right in the comfort of my own home. I have to thank all of you as it is too difficult to choose or favour one over the other.

I am sure the most of you knows that I am very fond of the colour purple. No matter if the tint is violet, lilac, lavender, periwinkle, grape, plum or mauve. Any shade of purple makes me joyful and I want to thank everybody that unknowingly spoils my eyes and heart by placing an image containing the colour purple.

As I celebrated all my other birthdays with something purple, today's cannot be different and once again I want to share an image containing this beautiful colour, this time not by ways of a flower, but a creature from the ocean the Daum's Reef Lobster which I captured at the Two Oceans Aquarium during our 2011 holiday.

Daum's Reef Lobster is also called a Striped Reef Lobster or Purple Reef Lobster. It is found in the Indo-West Pacific oceans where it inhabits shallow coral reefs. It is a secretive species, rarely seen by divers. It is relatively small with a maximum length of 10cm with a generally peaceful disposition, but it is very territorial and aggressive towards other Reef Lobsters.

Enoplometopus daumi has been assessed as Data Deficient. It is known from Indonesia and the Philippines and inhabits shallow coral reefs. This is a highly prized species in the aquarium trade industry; however no regulations are in place to manage the collection of wild specimens. No catch data for this species is available, and it is not considered to be common. Furthermore, coral reefs in both Indonesia and the Philippines are under high levels of stress and habitat degradation in combination with fishing pressure might cause declines in this species population numbers. Further research is required to establish its population size, and the potential effects of harvesting and habitat degradation on this species' population.

Geographic Range
This species is found in the Indo-West Pacific Ocean (Chan and Ng 2008). It is known from Indonesia and the Philippines.

Habitat and Ecology
This species is found on shallow coral reefs at depths of 0-1m (Chan 1998, Poupin 2002). It is considered to be shy and is often found hiding in rock cavities (Holthuis 1983, Chan 1998).

Conservation status
There are no species-specific conservation measures in place for this species. Only a few countries have implemented regulations on the collection of ornamental decapods and further research is needed to improve our understanding of species' reproductive biology, growth, and population structure to ensure that appropriate conservation measures can be put in place. No catch data for this species is available; it should be noted this species is not considered to be common (Chan 1998). Further research is required to establish its population size and the potential effects of harvesting on this species' population. Furthermore, conservation measures should be put in place to protect this species' habitat. Coral reefs in both Indonesia and the Philippines are under high levels of stress, degradation, and fishing pressure; which increases the possibility of a decline in this species population numbers. Source

I hope you enjoyed looking at this photo as much as I took pleasure in taking it.

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Hello Anna,
Congratulation to touch the milestone of 6th year.Wish in future too you will walk with all TN members and will show us great variety of natural beauty.
Excellent picture to cherish this beautiful night.Nice sharpness and great colour.Details is really splendid.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

hallo Anna
Congratulation with the six year on TN and also with very nice and kind comments
And you show us very interestet picture's out your country
thanks hope to see many more of you
greeting lou

Happy 6 years old TrekNature, Anna!
Remember the purple color ...
I agree with what you said about old friends ... I in March 2014 will perform 7 years membership, but was absent the last years of life issues, and understand the joy of returning (I've done a few months ago) and find the good old nicks (Miss.Piggy, PeterZ, euroblinkie, Manyee, Pirate, Mamcq, lousat, Anel, and many others) and also
it's beautiful make new friends, including dear friends of India (Hotelcalifornia, JoydebChaudhury, Samiran88, Goutham Ramesh, among others), as Chrimakris Cyprus Tuslaw U.S., imageme of Canada, Williewhistler England, and many other colleagues who do not be missed opportunity to name so they know one appreciate them.
I forgot Ferranjlloret Andorra, walking quite disappeared :)

Hello Anna. I´d like this photo too much. Splendid colours and sharpness.
Congratulation with the six!! year on TN.

Hello Anna,
Very nice image. Fantastic clarity and outstanding details. What an amazing macro photo and interesting too......The composition, the light and exposure are very good. Amazing colorful specie...
Congratulation for you 6th year on TN and for your great help in showing us the wonders of nature from your region.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-01-05 12:47]

Hello Anna,
Congratulations on this TN birthday. Great you still be a member during six years. People like you we can't miss. But so many others said goodbye. And it's not easy to get them back. I know you tried and tried... I appreciate it very much.
Fantastic photo to celebrate this milestone, of course in purple. Splendid clarity and wonderful sharpness. Up to the next six years!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-01-05 14:21]

Hi Anna,i'm a fan of underwater world and you celebrate your 6th year on TN with this great and nice suprise.The pic come from an acquarium but no problem,is truly beautiful,spectacular details on the lobster and a touch of purple...obviuosly..ehehe...thanks for your kind words about us in your note and have a nice week,Luciano

Hello Anna
A big congratulation for the anniversary.
A brilliant image you present us to celebrate the event.
Nice ambiance, colour and detail.
Love to see this high quality image.
Best wishes,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2014-01-05 23:30]

Congrats for completing 6 years successfully...fine image of this lovely lobster with great colors. tfs.

Hallo Anna,
Congratulations on your 6-year birthday on TN, that's been a pleasure to have had you in TN for all these years.Always with pleasant and nice comments and very nice pictures, I remember your first picture that you put here, Kingfisher for my old buddy Loot. Of course you celbration picture is purple, expected nothing else.;-)

Very nice picture with beautiful colours and good sharpness and well composed.

Well done, my friend.


Hello dear friend Anna,

Hope you are well. Please accept somewhat belated New Year's greeting, I hope you are having a good time. Congratulations on the 6th year here on TN, what a contribution indeed!What an elegant creature this Daum's Reef Lobster is!How colourful! I would definitely call it a superb shot, a keeper. The focus is precise and the details truly cover the reef composition and the way reefs are colour packed. Thanks a lot for sharing this wonderful shot and I am glad you are in favour of this new Sony camera of mine and have saved me from a lot of despair...I am grateful.Take care.

Warm regards/Abid

Ciao Anna, congratulations for your 6 year on TN and thanks for all your beautiful photo, great capture of fantastic creature, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

  • imageme Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 112 W: 0 N: 77] (1004)
  • [2014-01-07 13:27]

Hi Anna, Congratulation to your 6 years in TN Anna. Lovely image of this lobster. I like the brilliant colours in the frame along with nice light managed. It definitely worth 2 points. Thank very much

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-01-08 11:04]

Hi Anna,
Excellent image of this nice Lobster. Amazing colors and
sharpness details with nice composition.
Congratulation for you 6th year on TN i hope that you will be a member for a long time and thanks for all your beautiful photo,
Regards Jiri.

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  • Bokkie (28)
  • [2014-01-09 23:19]

hello Anna, nog n afrikaanse leed!!!dis lekker om van jou te hoor en dit is hoekom ek ook nou vir jou, jou eerste afrikaanse kritiek gaan skryf ;)

Dit is n wonderlike foto met goeie beligting en uitstekende fokus, die kleure is pragtig.

dankie vir jou advies oor my foto ek sal verseker probeer om nie weer n foto so klein op te laai nie.

al die beste Natasja.

Hello Anna
A wonderful photo of the lobster looking at you.
Good light and excellent detail and colours.
A beautiful species, thanks for sharing
regards yiannis

Hello Anna , Congratulations for your 6 year in TN. Your photos are always like this one, interesting and beautiful!

Hello Anna

Happy 6th anniversary on TrekNature, with an excellent macro photo,
great focus on the Lobster with superb sharpness and details,
the light shining the beautiful red color tones, TFS


Ciao Anna. Just a masterpiece like tribute your 6th Birthday! TFS.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-01-18 19:41]

Hello Anna,
Congratulations on your 6th. birthday here on TN. It's been a pleasure getting to know you through your many wonderful images as well as your emails from time to time. I'm certainly glad your love of purple drew you to this beautiful little specimen. You have photographed it perfectly, capturing it's unique features and gorgeous colors.
I would have commented on it sooner, but our family has had a terrible bout of the flu, and for the last two and a half weeks I haven't even felt like getting on the computer. Great job as always!!
God Bless,

Hi Anna,
I hope everything's ok with you and Loot and both of you will return to the site soon. Beautiful underwater birthday image, sharp with excellent exposure / colors and great contrast between the bright subject / foreground and the dark blue background. Spectacular shot, congratulations! And I hope for your next (8th already) TN birthday you again post something purple.
Best regards, László

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