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Desert woodlouse (Hemilepistus)

Desert woodlouse (Hemilepistus)
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Copyright: Siavash Taravati (aisvash) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 10 W: 0 N: 22] (158)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-14
Categories: Crustacia
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dull but extraordinary invertebrates [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-10-12 2:54
Viewed: 6404
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Deserts woodlouse Hemilepistus sp. in east Iran.
They inhabit clay soils and dig tunnels in that soils. Tunnels are mostly guarded by one individual which prevents stranger from entering the burrow. They have jagged thoracic cuticle which may help them in digging the tunnel. In this picture you see an individual guarding the burrow.

The description below belongs to H. reamuri from INCREMENTAL COSTS AND BENEFITS SHAPE NATAL DISPERSAL:

Hemilepistus reaumuri is a monogamous isopod found in deserts in North Africa and Central Asia in areas receiving 50400 mm annual rainfall. From February until early March, nine-month-old young from the previous year emerge from their natal burrows and search either for sites suitable for establishing new burrows or for burrows already established.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-10-12 5:20]

Hello Siavash,
A very instructive posting of this tiny creature. A lot of interesting things to read in your note. Excellent focus on the tunnel-guardian.
Very well done!
Kind regards

Salam Siavash,
Very interesting post, with nice details of this Hemilepistus sp. in its environment. I could be interesting too to present the whole animal on lateral side (just a suggestion). Best regards,

Hello Siavash
You've presented very interesting picture. That's a pity that the thumbnail doesn't draw attention to your photograph as I think it is very rare guest on this site. That's always the problem of less colourful but still interesting creatures.
Good composition and exposition. Very good sharpness.
And the cuticule of the animal is really strange.
Thanks for sharing

Hi Siavash,

The first time I've seen the wonders of this interesting species was a shooting. Composition, perspective and sharpness is great. TFS

Best Regards

Hi Siavash
very nice shot,superb details & great sharpness.
Thanks for useful information.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-02-20 1:13]

Hi Siavash,
What great images! It looks like a ready made picture frame.
Excellent POV and a top player, congratulations.
A species that personally I've never seen before.
Have a nice Saturday,

Hi dear Siavash ,
A perfect macro with great details.
Nice compo too.

Kind regards

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