@aphono Martin at TarCan released a huge amount of species out of his personal breeding collection for the expo last weekend. It made me cry that I didn't have more room. I was only able to buy one more species - a female Phrynus marginemaculatus (Dominican Republic) that is slightly smaller than this tyke. I just didn't have the room... or the budget.
@RezonantVoid It seems to be a strange trait to amblypygi in general. Reluctance to move between different surfaces. The few times I had to bother them it was a challenge to convince them to walk off cork onto styrofoam.. and then another challenge to get them off the styrofoam back onto cork. It's strange. Wonder if it's sort of a survival mechanism in the wild to prevent falls or...?
@VanessaS That made me cry.. for you- you need more! And the variety available in Canada. I get shocked at seeing anything besides marginemaculatus, carolynae, medius and lately, Stygophrynus down here. Barely anything CB. Hope I change that by the time my little tykes mature.
@aphono I got two - this tyke and a Dominican Phrynus marginemaculatus female. I am growing very fond of the genus on a whole, actually. They seem to be very hardy, they are not as reclusive as my Euphrynichus and they get to be a good size for me.
Yes, I am growing very attached to them.
@VanessaS Would love to see your marginemaculatus & hope she's gravid, hehe! I have what are probably Florida stock. These do show social behavior but not completely peaceful. Similar to how lions are social cats- living and eating together but oh boy there's a bit of aggression between them. It's interesting to see behaviors the other species in collection(so far!) don't show. Sharing food, clumping closely & active behavioral interactions.
In my collection the whitei are easily the 'chillest'. Not skittish & voluntarily sit out in open and direct light quite often. I really like them a lot. Would love to stay in touch and see if yours turns out similarly to check if this is a general species characteristic.
@aphono I have taken photos of all of mine today and will add them to my photo thread a bit later once I've been able to get them off the camera. I will tag you so you can get a look at all of them... hopefully I have decent photos of all of them.