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Male or female solifugid?

Discussion in 'True Spiders & Other Arachnids' started by mantisfan101, Oct 9, 2019.

  1. mantisfan101

    mantisfan101 Arachnodemon Active Member

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    Does this galeodes sp. look like a male or female?

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  2. chanda

    chanda Arachnoprince Active Member

    Can you get a clear side-view of the chelicerae? If it's male, there should be a flagellum near the tip of each of the chelicerae like these: https://www.eurekalert.org/multimedia/pub/94133.php?from=299454 or these: https://www.alamy.com/the-cambridge...e-two-genera-bhagodes-eha-image232154919.html or these: http://www.naturalhistorymag.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/large-vertical/daesiidae_jaws.jpg (source: http://www.naturalhistorymag.com/features/122921/the-naming-of-parts)

    I suspect it's female because I don't see the flagella in your picture - but in a top-down shot, it's possible that they're just not showing up. Note that the length and shape of the flagellum can vary significantly from one species to another.
     
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  3. mantisfan101

    mantisfan101 Arachnodemon Active Member

    I was looking for the flagellum too but it’s just all smooth. Here’s the best I could get. AEB488CE-8A27-4173-AC3B-ECA25EE84B4F.jpeg
    Also, I heard somewhere that the males don’t really have that “teeth” on their chelicerae and that it’s more smooth, is this true for galeodes sp too?
     
  4. chanda

    chanda Arachnoprince Active Member

    You'd really need a side view, not a top view, to see the flagella.

    As for the "teeth" on the chelicerae, both males and females have those. See this figure: https://zenodo.org/record/1158129#.XZ4JUVVKjIU (Male chelicerae fig. C; Female chelicerae fig. D)

    See also these picture of a male Galeodes sp.: https://www.markoshea.info/images/uae11/camelspider3l.JPG and https://www.markoshea.info/images/uae11/camelspider2l.JPG and https://www.markoshea.info/images/uae11/camelspider5l.JPG (you have to look close to see the flagella) (Source: https://www.markoshea.info/research_fieldwork_uae11-7a.php)
     
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  5. Smokehound714

    Smokehound714 Arachnoking Active Member

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    It will not survive in those conditions solifugae need dry fine sand to groom with.

    Galeodes dont need stable substrate. Just give them dry sand
     
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  6. mantisfan101

    mantisfan101 Arachnodemon Active Member

    I was hoping that you’d reply. I’ll make sure to switch it onto sand ASAP. Would it be ok if I mixed the sand with the reptisoil or just sand by itself? Should I moisten it or just leave it dry?
     
  7. Smokehound714

    Smokehound714 Arachnoking Active Member

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    sand by itself. just give a cork hide somehting it can scrape under