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Potamon potamios

Potamon potamios
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Copyright: Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-08-09
Categories: Crustacia
Exposure: f/8, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-08-17 5:35
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Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Potamon potamios (Olivier, 1804)

Potamon potamios is a semi-terrestrial freshwater crab.
It is found in Greece (East Aegean Is., Kriti), Cyprus, Southern Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Palestinian Territory, Jordan and Egypt (Sinai). Its habitat includes diverse freshwater environments including streams, rivers and lakes.

In Cyprus Potamon potamios is locally common in the numerous year-round small springs and seepages in the Akamas peninsula, and in the mountain streams of the Troodos mountains and Paphos Forest. However, freshwater crabs have disappeared from many parts of Cyprus probably as a result of the extensive use of DDT and other insecticides during the campaign against malaria. The use of less harmful insecticides in recent years has seen some recovery of certain populations of this species.

Despite the wide distribution of this species (E00 940,000 km²) and the relatively high number of localities and records In the “IUCN Red List of Threatened Species” Potamon potamios is assessed as Least Concern because “it is possible that populations of P. potamios in parts of its range might be in danger of extirpation in the future, especially those on islands in the eastern Aegean or near centres of human population on the mainland from southern Turkey to the Sinai peninsula in Egypt”.

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Hi Christodoulos

Beautiful full frame extreme close in nice light and pose of the freshwater crab. The colours are a little different than the freshwater crabs in India which are red/brown and black.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-08-17 8:05]

Hello Christodoulos,
Great frontal POV in splendid clear and bright colours. Fantastic sharpness, details, DOF and a pleasing composition.

Impresionante el realismo que transmite !

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2012-08-17 8:15]

Giasou Christodoulos,
Great Capture....!
Very sharp details and superb pose, natural colors too.
Have a nice weekend,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-08-17 8:17]

Hi Chris,a beautiful capture of this crab,not easy to take so well and whit these magnificent colors and details,it's nice to see something to different on TN,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

hello christodoulos
super good sharpness and great details
i like this pose
the colours are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

Hello Christodoulos,
A terrific close-up capture with such fine colors, details & pose. Very nicely composed & presented with a fine POV. TFS & best wishes!


Chris, this is an excellent capture of this. It has great sharpness and blurred background. Great work. Bill

Hi Christodoulos,
really interesting photo of this species. Excellent sharpness and details. Amazing colours. Perfect composition.
Have a nice weekend,

Hello Christodoulos

WOW ! Great close-up shot of this species of crab,
superb POV at its level being face to face with it,
great focus, sharpness, details, light and contrast, TFS


Hello Christodoulos
Very crisp and beautiful macro of this interesting crab. Excellent composition, wonderful colours and great sharp details. Thank You.
Have a good weekend!
Best regards
J. Diogo

Giasou Christodoule
Excellent point of view to show the face of the crab. A beautifully coloured crab.
Excellent detail and light with no shadows.
Nicely stands out of the background
regards yiannis

Ciao Christodoulos, great capture of fantastic creature, fine details, beautiful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

nice and crispy sharp, TFS Ori

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2012-08-18 0:37]

Splendid capture of this fresh-water crab As usual you made the best of the light to bring out details and fine colors. This one is a particularly nice specimen, I'd add.

Have a pleasant weekend, Christodoulo,


Hello Christodoulos,
Immaculate sharpness and beautiful colours, and in very good composition. No shortage on DOF either and what a pleasure to view. Thank you and well done.

Hallo Christodoulos
Your images are always flawless, and a great pleasure to look at and appreciate for their beauty and uniqueness. You have captured this semi-terrestrial freshwater crab really beautifully, showing all its striking features in the best possible way. I also like the natural sunlight in the image very much. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hi Christodoulos

Sharpness and light is perfect !!! Congraculations ...

Regards Hasan

Ciao Christodoulos. An impressive masterpiece MF! Details shapr and DOF are perfect. Fantastic colours.


Hello Cristodoulos,
Another masterpiece...... Excellent sharpness, perfect details and lovely natural colors. The composition, the light and exposure are very good. Excellent contrast against the background. I like the extraordinary low POV.
Thanks for sharing!

very interesting subject and perfect shot!!!

Hi Christodoulos,
this is up to your normal standard, very high as usual.
The picture is very clear and crisp, perfect exposed and with accurate white balance.
Sharp with great details and fine DOF.
I really like the picture, mf.

Best Regards

hello Christodoulos,
what a nice portrait of this freshwater crab. fantastic detail and true colour. PoV is also excellent.
best wishes,

Hi Christodoulos
A beautiful close up of a crayfish
Very good clarity and sharpness and Excellent DOF
All the best

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2012-08-21 7:20]

Hi Chris!
Spectacular close-up! It is impossible to do better! What a brightness and impressive details!
One more time a masterpiece by you.
ciao! Vanda

bravissimo Chris, excellent picture, fantastic details !

un caro saluto, tino

Very good details & colors, great angled closeup comp Chris.
I especially like your use of F/8 and this frontal POV.
Nice work & have a great weekend!

Superb image Christodoulos! Amazing detail!

Hi Christodoulos,
Nice capture of this Potamon potamios.
Great colors and sharpness.

Fantastic shot Christodoulos! I recently saw them on Rhodes, presumably the subspecies rhodium.

Kind regards,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-12-05 20:31]

Hello Christodoulos,
Awesome close-up shot of this colorful crab. Focus is tac sharp, allowing us to see the fine features and gorgeous coloring of this particular fellow. Love the way it is turned just slightly and also the excellent exposure you managed to obtain. Well done!!

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