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Martin ­ G.
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Nov 30, 2011 21:00 |  #1

been a while since I posted anything, the season is over for me.

This is a spider from my captive groups. Some of you might find this interesting.

It is a gynandromorph Poecilotheria subfusca, meaning that it is half male and half female.

The purple buttom part is the male half, it is now sexually mature (you do not see the male palp well on this picture).

The upper half is the female part.

I hope you find this interesting. My wife discovered this specimen a while back finding it was looking weird (when the specimen is immature, it is not that striking, you have to pay attention), I was really excited when I seen it knowing it was a gynandromorph specimen, my first ever. It is certainly not a common thing, but strangely, with tarantulas, most of the known occurances are within the Poecilotheria genus.

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Nov 30, 2011 21:55 |  #2

Fascinating.


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Nov 30, 2011 21:57 |  #3

Fascinating information and a nice shot.




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Nov 30, 2011 23:55 |  #4

wonderful shot


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Dec 01, 2011 01:07 |  #5

Fascinating info and shot. Do you know if they can reproduce ?
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Dec 01, 2011 18:34 as a reply to LordV's post |  #6

Brian, I am not really sure, never read of anyone attempting breeding. I have no intention to try it though, I want to preserve the specimen intact since it is such a rare occurance.

I would need to check if it makes a spermweb or not, but my spiders are not in my home anymore, so it makes observation a bit hard.

I will ask my friend who has a binocular microscope to take a few shots of the sexual organs, that should be interesting.

In the meanwhile, a frontal shot with both palps side by side!

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