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PostSubject: Sexual dimorphism Centruroides bicolor   5/10/2014, 8:03 am

A question for the experts, at what instar do male Centruroides bicolor show the longer tsil segments and the tooth in their chelae?

I have what i believe to be a subadult male but it is already showing slightly longer final tail segments and the claw tooth. I believe he still has a moult to go but just want to be sure as i have a female ready for mating. She is a lot larger than him too

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PostSubject: Re: Sexual dimorphism Centruroides bicolor   5/16/2014, 1:57 am

Yes, at sub adult you can see the extended tail segment of a male C. bicolor although if you only had one and you wasn't familiar with the species you'd probably still be confused....Not a relevant problem for you though Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Sexual dimorphism Centruroides bicolor   5/16/2014, 2:34 am

Thanks for the info Wink

I am patiently waiting for him to moult and he is going straight in with my female Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Sexual dimorphism Centruroides bicolor   5/16/2014, 4:32 am

Hmm, i think you'd be best to wait 2 or 4 weeks after he's adult before you put him in (or perhaps that what you meant). Fresh males can be withdrawn or seem to lack the confidence of mature adult males. My fresh bicolor male ran away from the female and done everything he could to keep as much distance between them as possible. Despite reruns over the next few weeks he still lacked the confidence to get on with it. Figured out in the end that he may have associated the strong phenomenal odours with danger because it wasn't until i made a fresh mating tank up that they mated. Whenever he went in with the female in her enclosure he hid away and i simply think the main mistake was putting them together before he had confidently stepped into his role of mature male (not psychology, physiology). The strong pheromone smell within the females enclosure triggered some kind of danger reaction that he reacted to each time i put him in her enclosure.
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PostSubject: Re: Sexual dimorphism Centruroides bicolor   5/16/2014, 4:33 am

Yes, I dont plan to introduce him with the female until he eats a couple of times. Thanks for the concern Wink
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