Dardanus calidus

Dardanus calidus

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Dardanus calidus (Family: Diogenidae; common name: Red hermit crab)

This crab is a rather small animal with a carapace up to 2.3 cm, found in the east Altantic and the Mediterranean Sea. It is usually found on rocks at depths of 3 to 30m and is associated with the anemone Calliactis parasitica. (1) The crab itself is easily recognized by its brilliant red colouration. This particular specimen was found in Ios island at a depth of 4-5 meters and, since we did not have an underwater case of our camera at that time, we got it out of the water, took some photos of it and then returned it back to the sea. Although the brilliant red colouration of this species is immediately noticed in our photos, it is a shame that the tentacles of the anemone "collapse" out of the water so you cannot enjoy the full sight as we did when we first noticed this animal in the sea.

Photos by Mahi Goula and George Parchas

Shooting Data:

1. Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: EF 24-105mmf/4.0L IS USM @ 84mm
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Shutter speed - aperture: 1/500 sec - f/8, Aperture priority mode
Flash: No flash
Image: NEF edited in Photoshop CS4, levels adjusted, sharpening added saved as JPEG and resized. 

2. Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: EF 24-105mmf/4.0L IS USM @ 85mm
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Shutter speed - aperture: 1/640 sec - f/8, Aperture priority mode
Flash: No flash
Image: NEF edited in Photoshop CS4, levels adjusted, sharpening added saved as JPEG and resized.

3. Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: EF 24-105mmf/4.0L IS USM @ 82mm
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Shutter speed - aperture: 1/500 sec - f/8, Aperture priority mode
Flash: No flash
Image: NEF edited in Photoshop CS4, levels adjusted, sharpening added saved as JPEG and resized.

4. Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: EF 24-105mmf/4.0L IS USM @ 84mm
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Shutter speed - aperture: 1/500 sec - f/8, Aperture priority mode
Flash: No flash
Image: NEF edited in Photoshop CS4, levels adjusted, sharpening added saved as JPEG and resized.

5. Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: EF 24-105mmf/4.0L IS USM @ 84mm
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Shutter speed - aperture: 1/500 sec - f/8, Aperture priority mode
Flash: No flash
Image: NEF edited in Photoshop CS4, levels adjusted, sharpening added saved as JPEG and resized.

6. Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: EF 24-105mmf/4.0L IS USM @ 65mm
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Shutter speed - aperture: 1/400 sec - f/8, Aperture priority mode
Flash: No flash
Image: NEF edited in Photoshop CS4, levels adjusted, sharpening added saved as JPEG and resized.

7. Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: EF 24-105mmf/4.0L IS USM @ 105mm
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Shutter speed - aperture: 1/400 sec - f/8, Aperture priority mode
Flash: No flash
Image: NEF edited in Photoshop CS4, levels adjusted, sharpening added saved as JPEG and resized.

 

(1) Helmut Debelius, Crustacea Guide of the World, IKAN - Unterwasserarchiv Edns., Germany, 1999, p.61

 

 

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