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Copyright: Michal Grabowski (cedryk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-18
Categories: Crustacia
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5000, 28-105 mm, @ ISO 100
Exposure: f/7.6, 1/280 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Montenegro
Theme(s): Brachyura [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-02-08 6:14
Viewed: 7017
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Having a short break at work I'm pleased to present to you:

Potamon fluviatile (Herbst, 1785)
Family: Potamonidae
Order: Decapoda
Classis: Malacostraca

As everybody knows there are plenty of crab species in the sea. However there are also some that thrive in freshwaters. Most of them are distributed in the tropical regions but there are a few species present in Europe as well. Here you can see one of them.

This species have carapace even up to 10cm wide and is distributed over the southern Europe: Apenin Peninsula and Balkans. They occur in former Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Greece and in Turkey. Presumably it may be found also in the Dobrogea region in Romania.

Where do they occur? Mostly in lakes and rivers, including the mountain streams. As all crabs they are not specialized feeders and take everything they can - plants, invertebrates and carcasses of other animals.

In the Skadar Lake in Montenegro they are very common. You may observe them at nights and evenings, when they leave their burrows and other hidings on land to go to feed in water.

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  • Great 
  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2006-02-08 7:11]

Nice portrait of the crab. Very good sharpness and colors.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-02-08 7:21]

Hi Michal!

Fantastic subject! I want one to my aquarium ;-) POV is excellent here, same as brown colours. Very detailed and well presented.

Hi Michal,
An excellent shot on this crab. Bright sunlight, but your exposure looks good. The colors and detail look great. Nice work with great notes.

Hello Michal,
very nice capture with great colours, sharpness and POV. This is a very good composition. Thank you.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-02-08 16:38]

Hello Michal!
Very good sharp shot with an informative excellent note!
TFS :)

Nice and well done pictore of this specie.
We got something alike oin the small rivers close to Black Sea in Dobrogea. I don't know if is the same specie, but it could be.

Regards, Petru

Zdjecie bardzo ciekawe, bo dosc malo jest krabow na TN. Ogolnie dobra jakosc i swiatlo, niezly kadr. Mysle, ze moznaby troche "poeksperymentowac" z POV'em [nie za bardzo wiem jak to okreslic po polsku ;) ] Widzialam troche zdjec krabow i dobry POV moze pomoc uzyskac fajne efekty.
Pozdrownienia :)

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-02-11 4:30]

I never knew there were fresh-water crabs Michal, so this is very interesting. We only get small ones here in our local rockpools, but there are bigger ones elsewhere in NZ. I'm sure it would love living in Greg's aquarium, eating all his tiny family!
Good show, TFS

Cool closeup Michal. I like the POV and diagonal compostion here. Very sharp detail, and great control of the bright sunlight also. Very well done. Thank You!

great shot with nice details, composition and idea!
Good Note!

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  • jlynx Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 87 W: 7 N: 46] (455)
  • [2006-02-13 10:20]

Witaj Michale,
Ten to lubi taplać sie w błotku hehe. Ładnie go skadrowałeś, po przekątnej jest mu całkiem dobrze. Biedaczek, już troszeczkę pokiereszowany, ale t w niczym nie umniejszyło walorów fotografii, a wrecz przeciwnie.

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