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PostSubject: Gravid? about to molt?   1/14/2009, 12:48 am

Hi all, three emperors came home today, wondering if one is gravid or ready to molt. Of the other two, one is a male, and one won't let me see the bottom yet. If it turns out to be a male, should I swap the store for a female (good friend runs it)?

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PostSubject: Re: Gravid? about to molt?   1/14/2009, 1:54 am

Too me it looks like its just fat.
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PostSubject: Re: Gravid? about to molt?   1/14/2009, 2:11 am

k, cool. Is that an issue, a problem or risk? Being pudgy, plus the dark line down the back, just wondering; of course, I could just be reading too much and not looking at enough pictures.

Oh, looks like one male and two females, is that an ok arrangement or do I need another (hehe, I know I "need" another, but do I need one for them to be happy?)?

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PostSubject: Re: Gravid? about to molt?   1/14/2009, 8:42 am

Nope dont need another one thats the exact set up i have, 2 females and a male Very Happy

As for your gravid/moulting emp its probably just fat because the colour of the telson suggests to me that its still a juvenile maybe pre sub or sub adult, cant tell you for sure though I'd need a second opinion.
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PostSubject: Re: Gravid? about to molt?   1/14/2009, 11:29 am

I originally thought gravid, but I'm not sure about the telson . . . the lighting's a little off and I can't tell if it's mature coloration or not.

Could you post a size reference shot or one with brighter lighting so we can see if it's an adult?

As for the ratios, don't worry about it. It's good to have at least one male (it could be worse -- I have three males and only one female).

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PostSubject: Re: Gravid? about to molt?   1/14/2009, 7:58 pm

I'm gonna say gravid Looks like an adult and has the pudgy belle of a gravid scorpion instead of the streached out body of a fat or premolt scorp
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PostSubject: Re: Gravid? about to molt?   1/14/2009, 9:19 pm

Different angle, color and white balance adjusted, quarter (15/16") on a business card.

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PostSubject: Re: Gravid? about to molt?   1/14/2009, 9:46 pm

Might have to change my answer now....looks just a little small and premature.
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PostSubject: Re: Gravid? about to molt?   1/15/2009, 11:57 am

Yeah, the telson has the color of a subadult and it looks smaller now.

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PostSubject: Re: Gravid? about to molt?   1/15/2009, 12:02 pm

Does that mean that it's too young to sex as well?

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PostSubject: Re: Gravid? about to molt?   1/15/2009, 12:17 pm

No, you can sex emps from a fairly early age. Post a pectine shot for us.

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PostSubject: Re: Gravid? about to molt?   1/15/2009, 12:58 pm

I'll try to get some, they've been in a hole for most of the last 24+ hours. I got one shot of what I believed was the male, is larger and flatter than the other two, with large and long pectines. The others are less than the width of the body when spread out, with short teeth.

Actually, they rather resemble

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PostSubject: Re: Gravid? about to molt?   1/15/2009, 1:18 pm

I think it's a little more reliable to look at the operculum -- see how in the bottom photos, the female's points to the rear and the male's is more or less oval?

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