Daum's Reef Lobster (Enoplometopus daumi)


Max Size: 4 inches
Diet: Carnivore
Temperament: Semi-Aggressive
Reef Compatible: With Caution. May eat invertebrates.
Minimum Tank Size: 20 gallons

The Daum's Reef Lobster exhibits striking features, with elongated and flat appendages that are primarily used for display purposes. Its body displays a vibrant combination of purple and orange colors, adorned with red spotting.

In its natural behavior, this lobster is more active during the night, generally ignoring sleeping Wrasses, but occasionally bothering invertebrates. After molting, it requires a secure hiding place to wait for its new exoskeleton to harden. A well-designed cave can serve as this refuge, allowing it to be visible during the day while spending most daylight hours hidden away from the light.

To accommodate the Daum's Reef Lobster in an aquarium setting, live rock is preferred, as it provides ample space for the lobster to roam and forage for food. However, breeding this species in captivity is highly challenging.

One can distinguish between male and female lobsters by examining their abdomens, which carry distinguishing characteristics. It's essential to be cautious with medications, especially those containing high levels of copper, as the Daum's Reef Lobster is sensitive to their effects. Proper attention to its habitat and specific needs will help ensure the well-being of this captivating and unique creature in the aquarium.