Daum's Purple Reef Lobster - Enoplometopus daumi
Lobsters available in the aquarium trade vary in size but generally have very similar temperaments. The smaller species are commonly referred to as the "Reef Lobsters" (genus Enoplometopus) while many larger species are also occasionally available (genera Palinurellus and Panulirus, among others). Lobsters are omnivore and will scavenge on both plant matter and meaty items like fish and invertebrates. Depending on the size of the lobster, they may be a threat to smaller invertebrates but smaller lobsters are generally not a severe threat unless underfed. While they will eat some leftover food, they should be target-fed with small meaty items regularly.
Lobsters are usually considered Reef Safe (if well-fed) in that they do not usually eat corals. However, lobsters do build burrows in rockwork and can cause some damage as they bury, especially larger lobsters. The "Reef Lobsters" are usually safe in reef systems but the larger Spiny Lobsters, Slipper Lobsters, Spiny Lobsters and some others are best kept in large systems without coral that can be damaged by their activity. Most lobsters are nocturnal and will remain hidden during the day and come out at night to feed.
|Common Name||Daum`s Purple Reef Lobster|
|Scientific Name||Enoplometopus daumi|
|Reef Safe||Yes, with caution|
|Invert Safe||Yes, with caution|
|Community Safe||Yes, with caution|
|Max Size (in inches)||5|
|Min Tank Size (in gallons)||45|
|Specific Gravity Range||1.022-1.026|
Ratings & Reviews
I have one of these!
This is a neat little creature. He does bury himself under the live rocks and shells and likes to come out at night. I did not know that they shed their shell. I thought my lobster died and I flushed the remains. I moved his rocks around and "POOF", there he was, brighter than before. I was seriously surprised. I didn't know they did that! Very interesting creature.