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P. murinus

Subadult female. Tete

P. murinus
KezyGLA, Apr 20, 2017
    • WeightedAbyss75
      That is one dark morph :D The black is gorgeous too though. On a completely different note, what are those patches on seemingly no colors on some of its knees? I see that on T a lot, and was wondering if it's just aesthetic or otherwise.
    • KezyGLA
      @WeightedAbyss75 It is just where setae has been worn down to the exoskeleton. This is usually noticable when approaching a moult
    • KezyGLA
      It also isnt a morph. It is the variant found in Tete locality. Sometimes sold as BCf
    • WeightedAbyss75
      Hmm, interesting. I have heard of the "black OBT", but it's super cool looking! Wish I could find one where I live :D Any care differences, or is it just a differently colored OBT?
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    • KezyGLA
      The problem is that people label murinus as colorforms instead of localities. Then 2 similar coloured murinus from different localities get bred and it muddies the species. The process then repeats its self and now they are all mixed up.

      i.e there is a Brown variant from West Kenya that comes under DCF, but it is just a little darker than TCF and could easily be mistaken for one of the BCF localities too. People who breed by CF need to stop or P. murinus will have only 2 'forms', OCF/RCF and BCF. It is becoming a mess. It cant be 2 hard to get the spiders from the same locality and breed them. Then sell them with that locality labelled instead of a CF. laziness.

      I believe the darkest variant of murinus that you are thinking of is the 'Botswana' locality. This was the first P. murinus to be brought into the hobby.
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    • KezyGLA
      As for care there are some husbandry differences. Some of the localities will web up high instead of burrowing even in captivity when both oppertunities are given. There is also sone localities that have different traits and behaviour and attitude from typical OCF or UMV
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