Once I took a photo or two I noticed a pulsation in the body of the Copepod which looked like a peristaltic action to take fluids (food / brain juice / magical powers) from the host. I managed to get some video of it so you can take a look below:
The Gobies had a patch of eggs, so the presence of the parasite is not detrimental enough to prevent procreation, but it stall is a pretty gruesome way to live your life! Lembeh seems to be full or parasites these days, so when you are visiting keep checking for more smaller things on the smaller thing that is living on the bigger thing.
Gobies on Corals are fantastic photo subjects – and so are Allied Cowries. That means it must be good as well if you get both in a pack 😉 And that’s also what we thought, when we found these two little guys together on the same little Coral Branch. The funny thing was, that the Goby used the Cowrie for shelter – it was hiding behind it and peeking over towards the camera.
Coral Branches are hosts to many different (photogenic) animals here in Lembeh such as Tozeuma Shrimps, Skeleton Shrimps, Xeno Crabs, Gobies, Hawkfish, Cowries and various other shrimps and crabs. Just keep your eyes open and find these easy to isolate photo subjects.
The Yellow Pygmy Goby (Lubricogobius exiguus) can be found frequently in Lembeh Straits black sand muckdives: It’s poppy yellow colour makes it stand out and an attractive critter for Photographers, Videographers and normal divers alike. It usually lives in pairs and can be found on mucky sand substrates – living in holes, under pieces of plastic, in cans, toth paste tubes or bottles. It grows up around 3 cm in size and guards eggs that it sticks to the inside of its hiding place.
Best Places to find the Yellow Pygmy Goby in Lembeh: virtually all Muckdive Sites – for example TK 1-3, Aer Bajo, Jahir etc.
Photo Tipps: The Yellow Pygmy Goby’s eyes reflect strobe light in green colour – try to bring this reflection into your shots. A 100mm Macro is to be preferred over a 60mm as the working distance helps. Best photo subjects are the ones hiding in bottles … just wait in front of the bottle – cool effects like backlighting are possible here.