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Postby dons13 » Thu Jul 22, 2010 1:36 am

Hello everybody, I need some help to identify the creature that I take from my last dive at lembeh strait.. The creature is so tiny, like a bean with yellow color and 2 spiral antenna.. And I just learn to take underwater photo..
I'm using Canon G11, F/5.6, 1/125 sec, ISO-200 and the picture was taken at Lembeh Hills Resort house reef..
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Postby jlyle » Thu Jul 22, 2010 6:50 am

Copepod parasite. The two coiled structures are egg cases.
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Postby scottg » Thu Jul 22, 2010 2:06 pm

thanks Jim, Dons - very cool critter! first time I've seen anything like that. Guess you never know what will turn up in Lembeh

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Postby dons13 » Thu Jul 22, 2010 6:41 pm

Jim, thank you for sharing your knowledge..
Scottg, it was amazing diving in lembeh.. People said that lembeh is a paradise for muck diving and macro photography, I believe that now.. With the best dive guide you can almost see everything in lembeh, unfortunately 7 days of diving is not enough..
Thanks alot guys.. I will try to post some pictures to have a comment so I can improve my self..
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Postby jlyle » Thu Jul 22, 2010 8:24 pm

It looks like the copepod is on a tranparent ghost goby. Can you verify?
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Postby dons13 » Fri Jul 23, 2010 1:09 am

No, there were no gobies near the copepod. It was on a stick coral and it was moving up and down very fast..
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Postby scottg » Fri Jul 23, 2010 10:42 pm

dons13 wrote: It was on a stick coral and it was moving up and down very fast..


the copepod was moving up and down? that must have been quite amazing to see...

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Postby dons13 » Mon Jul 26, 2010 1:11 am

Jim, you are RIGHT about the goby!!! Shame on me... :oops:
The copepod are on the transparant ghost goby...
And maybe what the dive master wanted to show me is the goby and not the copepod..
Unfortunately I don't have the picture with the full body of the goby..
I've used 10 min of air trying to get picture of the copepod and ignore the surrounding..
I wish I can do better with the picture.. :( :( :(
I want to apologize to you and scottg...
Jim, you are the best...
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Postby jlyle » Mon Jul 26, 2010 6:58 am

The goby was hard to see in your first image - very obvious with the eyes showing in the second.
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Postby seekncritters » Wed Jul 28, 2010 1:33 pm

*****NEATO!!!!!!****** Way cool! I can imagine how you felt, DonS, after you looked at the photos again (after Jim's post) and realized that the twirly-adorned critter was on a bigger critter, moving up and down!!

VERY COOL!!!!!!

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