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Pterinochilus murinus Color Forms?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by Paleofish, Apr 25, 2010.

  1. Paleofish

    Paleofish Arachnosquire

    Hello all!

    I have been looking into P.murinus lately and I have heard of the color forms of the sp, and first off I know it's rare in the invert world, and I was wondering how do the color forms work on the genetic level? Are any dom to the other? Or are they a trait that involves lots of genes? Lets say you breed two orange forms together and get a reder animal would you call that a red form or still since it comes from the orange form still just a nice orange form? Also is it possible you guys could post pictures showing the difference in the forms?

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  2. hey

    difference is spelled D....I....F....F....E....R....E....N....C....E.... you spelled differents
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  3. Thats really not called for. If your going to post idiotic replies dont bother posting at all. All of YOUR posts have been questionable as well.

    Anyways OP, I have heard of RCF (red color form?) and normal color form.
  4. After seeing Zoltans post I guesse this is the RCF.


    Thanks for the awesome post Zoltan. I learned something new today.
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  5. Paleofish

    Paleofish Arachnosquire

    Thanks anyway! I sometimes have a brain fart when I type, But I am pretty sure that happens to anyone.

    ANYWAY back to topic!:D I was looking at thise one site, not sure how reliable it is, But here is it.

    From the site it says there are four color forms.

    "P. murinus TCF: typical colour form
    Named after the colouration of the type, different pale beigecolouration, sometimes with a greenish sheen, long setae on legs and abdomen pale pink.
    P. murinus RCF: red colour form
    Long and short setae red/orange, often sold as P. mamillatus or P. spp. "usambara"
    P. murinus UMV: Usambara Mountains variant
    Probably a natural intergrade between TCF and RCF (but more close to TCF). Their coloration is more intensive yellow/pale orange than TCF.
    P. murinus DCF: dark colour form
    Coloured general darkgrey, partial black. Carapace gold/yellow with dark radial striae - those are not as intensive as P. murinus TCF. Rarely seen and not in the hobby. The abdominal pattern are the same in all colour variations."

    And thanks for the picture J.huff23! And that's why I started this thread is to see the if people with both color forms could tell and show us the difference.

    Thanks guys for the replies! Keep them coming!
  6. Zoltan

    Zoltan Cult Leader

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  7. Interesting! Always thought RCF and UMV was the same thing. and J.huff Ur murinus is not an NCF, they have a greydust color.

    is "KFC" avaible or are they very rare?

  8. Awesome post man. Thanks for this!
  9. Paleofish

    Paleofish Arachnosquire

    Thanks a lot! So from just the pics the RCF is the most common in the hobby? Am I right? And it also seems the UMV and RCF come from the same area. I wonder what one is the most common, and which one survives better agenst predators?
  10. JC

    JC Arachnoprince

    +1. Me likes. :D

    Does anyone know if some of the difference in color forms of this species has anything to do with the diet of the spider of that particular region?
  11. I have only ever seen the RCF for sale. So I would think they are the most common.
  12. Zoltan

    Zoltan Cult Leader

    Thanks guys. It's nothing new though, those pictures have been up on Rick C. West's site for a while.
    Supposedly it has to do with the color of the earth/ground/substrate where the forms are from.

    The orange/red form seems to be the most common in the pet trade. I have personally seen the typical/normal form for sale in Hungary. I've also seen some under the name Pterinochilus sp. "Usambara" or even with the pseudoscientific name "Pterinochilus usambara" - those are likely the Usambara Mountains variant of P. murinus. The dark form was sold in the 80's, according to Ray Gabriel (click here and here). I know nothing about the Kalahari form, the only reason I even know about it is because of the picture on R. C. West's site...
  13. I have RCF and TCF. I've noticed TCF seems a bit more available this side of the pond but RCF is still seems to be the commonest form available in the UK.

    I have also heard the theory about substrate coloration, though I haven't done any reading to back it up.
  14. James Quinton

    James Quinton Arachnosquire

    I'm loving the TCF's!! that was an awsome post and very helpfull!
  15. gumby

    gumby Arachnoprince Old Timer

    Wow I would love to have one of the DCF! I would be excited every time I got a free P. murinus if the other color forms were in the hobby. It would be the ultimate grab bag T. All though I do question if at least the DCF is a different species.
  16. I have a "golden form". Which one is that?
  17. JC

    JC Arachnoprince

    Ah, yes I remember now. So if this is correct, then in theory we would just need to study whatever chemicals are in the ground of these regions, and add them each to separate enclosures each containing the one P.murinus per region, add these chemicals to their water source, and add the chemicals to the feeders diet and we would end up with the 5 different color morphs from 5 spiders all from the same eggsack. Hmmm...
  18. robd

    robd Arachnobaron

    Great thread. I too have a RCF.
  19. Paleofish

    Paleofish Arachnosquire

    I am just a beginner to Ts, But here is my two cents.

    Thing is OBTs from what I have seen have been kept on a bunch of different substrates, and the color stays orange/red. If it was chemicals you would likely see the color vary a little bit by the substrate and where the substrate was collected. For example the peat moss you can get in north america is not going to be the same chemically then say germany. And no matter where you go (but the spot where they are found) your not going to find the same chemicals.

    I wonder if you feed the insects food high in beta carotene if when the T ate it it would make the color oranger?
  20. This is awesome, I had no idea OBT's came in so many color forms. You learn something new everyday.