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Boxing gloves?
aphono, May 4, 2018
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    • PidderPeets
      Doesn't look like it. It looks like normal pedipalps to me. The emboli of mature males are more bulbous and don't at all resemble the normal tips of the feet.
    • The Grym Reaper
      Na, they look like normal palps, MM palps are more sort of club-shaped at the ends from the front. You can see the bulb-shaped emboli folded back up into the undersides of the palps when you look at them from the right angle.
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    • aphono
      Appreciate the responses. Hadn't noticed the little bumps at the tips before, wondered if that might be an indication. Aside molt sexing, how do you tell if this species is a 'mature female'? It always mangles up the molt or have it in a place where retrieval would cause massive damage to the webbing. So far every juvenile(of different species) I bought eventually molted out MM.. be nice to break that streak, ha..
    • The Grym Reaper
      @aphono Don't worry about destroying the webbing, they can make more, I destroyed a bunch to hook out the moult of my D. diamantinensis just to confirm 100% that I had a male (I'd vent sexed him as male and others on here agreed). If you have a mature female then it should have a very prominent gonoslit (depending on species, some are more obvious than others), the book lungs will be further apart and more angled than those you would find on a male. Google "[species name] male/female ventral" if you need images to compare to, that's how I initially learned how to vent sex.
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    • aphono
      @The Grym Reaper Much thanks for that. No excuse, just did not think of at least googling MM diamantinensis. As it happens, Ungoliant has pictures of her MM right in here. The MM pedipalps are really obvious, especially when viewed from below. I will grab every chance at ventral views to check if there's a gonoslit or a male dot, although that will be tricky as the enclosure is so full of webbing. Call me a softy if you want, just can't bring myself to tear up the webbing even though it is perfectly fine to do so. I put in a second water dish in a different location just because it webbed over the first one... heh.
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