Abbreviations

jrzyspider

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Hi everyone. As a newbie I'm looking for a page that might show all the tarantula abbreviations that are used.

I did try the search function but I'm coming up empty. Does such a thread exist? Thanks for the help! :)
 

Scoolman

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By MizM on another forum:
USER-FRIENDLY LIST OF "S'LANG" (SPIDER LANGUAGE!)
For those of you new to the hobby, here are some slang terms we have adopted and only seem to be known by us! If anyone has more to add, feel free to list them!

T = Tarantula

AGE, SIZE
L'eggs = "Eggs with legs", the 2nd molt after the egg stage for a pre-sling
S'ling = Spiderling
Juv = Juvenile, between sling and adult
Instar = The number of the molt the T is on, after hatching into a sling. 1st instar, 2nd instar, etc.
Post-ultimate = When a male T has molted for the last time before his death
LS = Legspan

SPECIES
NW = New World Species - Urticating hairs!
OW = Old World Species
GBB = Greenbottle Blue (Chromatopelma cyanopubescens)
Blondi = Goliath Birdeater (Theraphosa blondi)
Genic = Brazilian Whitebanded (Acanthoscurria geniculata)
OBTs/Orange Bitey Things/PTerrors = Pterinochilus murinus RCF. Known for their BAD attitude!
RCF = Red Color Phase
PZB = Pink Zebra Beauty (Eupalaestrus campestratus)
Pokie/Poke/Poec = Poecilotheria species
Rosie = Chilean Rosehair (Grammostola rosea)
Versi = Antilles Pinktoe (Avicularia versicolor)
Curly = Curlyhair (Brachypelma albopilosum)

PARTS
Palps = Pedipalps
Boxing gloves = Enlarged, bulbous pedipalps of a mature male
Exuvia = The skin that's left after the T molts
Opisthoma = abdomen

CONDITIONS, BEHAVIOR
UADS = Up And Die Syndrome or death of unknown cause
Dessicated = Dried up, dehydrated
Gravid = Pregnant
Death curl = Pose a T assumes when it's dying, upright with legs curled underneath
On it's back = Molting
Pre-molt = The period before molting when the signs are readily apparent, i.e. going off food, darkened abdomen, sluggish behavior, etc.
Post-molt = The period just after molting while the exoskeleton and fangs are hardening up.
Flick = The act of using the rear legs to spread the itchy (urticating) hairs towards a threat
Sclerotize (Sclerotise in UK) = to harden and darken.
Threat = When your T stands up on hind legs, with front leg spread wide and straight up in the air, often with fangs bared.

HOUSING, FOOD
Substrate = What is on the bottom of the habitat, i.e. potting soil, peat moss, vermiculite
Verm = Vermiculite
Hidey hole = Burrow
Pinkie = Newborn mouse
Crix = Crickets

OTHER STUFF
Hammock method = A method of "cradling" an eggsack after it's removed from it's mother
LBJ = Little Brown Jobby
Sperm web = A tent shaped web the male uses to deposit his sperm and collect it in the bulbs on his palps
 

jbm150

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One I wasnt sure for a while when I first got in the hobby LPS = local pet shop (store)
 
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