Culturing of Dalquestia formosa

Smotzer

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This will be a thread to document progress with attempting to culture and introduce the species, of Opiliones, Dalquestia formosa.
I attempted to culture these back in January and was not successful, but I am attempting it again since May 31st.

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1st attempt- photo from 1/11/22 1A089828-E59D-4F67-B457-41B492AE4D4E.jpeg


Collecting them on 5/31/22 9F821D1A-E98F-40B9-8965-CCE926BD42D5.jpeg

Second attempt and housed same day in a 6qt Sterile tub.
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I don’t recall the exact count ~ ±10 individuals total mostly adult, as of yesterday a little over 2 weeks later all individuals are still alive and eating well and breeding behavior visualized.

Here’s to hoping I can get past F2 to CB F3 with them this go round and get CB ‘Oplings’
out to people!
 

RezonantVoid

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Looks like you're having better luck than me getting ahold of harvestmen! I hope they work out for ya mate
 

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Thanks man! What species have you been trying to get a hold of down there?
Neopantopsalis pentheter, was hoping to get them in time for an entomological exhibition in a week's time but it doesn't seem that'll be likely
 

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As of today, no signs of any deaths.

they have successfully gone through their first bowl of dry food and it has been refilled this morning. Individual observed in moist area and another close by, all other hiding.
 

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As of today, no signs of any deaths.

they have successfully gone through their first bowl of dry food and it has been refilled this morning. Individual observed in moist area and another close by, all other hiding.
Ive personally found in both my Nunciella and my local unknown sp., I hugely underestimated their water requirements. I think as long as you give them a dish (which I don't normally recommend for most things, but definitely these) and fresh food, they should definitely continue to thrive
 

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Ive personally found in both my Nunciella and my local unknown sp., I hugely underestimated their water requirements. I think as long as you give them a dish (which I don't normally recommend for most things, but definitely these) and fresh food, they should definitely continue to thrive
These I do not keep with a water dish anymore, and I keep significantly more dry than last attempt as that’s what I was trying to do as a fellow keeper reported dedication was a high risk but I lost them due to too much moisture. these are rather poorly when kept with too much moisture last time

Where I find them in situ is in very very dry areas with little moisture so they straddle needing moisture but also needing dry here. This go round I find that keeping a portion moist suffices for their moisture needs. Photo is of then running away when disturbed but to show area.
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But that they primarily hang out in the drier areas where their flat hide is 4E8E2E33-DDD1-45DA-A7C3-96C7BC1054CC.jpeg
 

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Very glad to see this attempt is going better than the last one my friend!

Have you found any Eurybunus out your way?

Thanks,

Arthroverts
 

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Very glad to see this attempt is going better than the last one my friend!

Have you found any Eurybunus out your way?

Thanks,

Arthroverts
Thanks man!!

I have not and I looked on iNat and the closet observation to me is about 3:30min away, but I might be able to find habitat similar to where tbey seemed to be seen around river reservoir out west of me.
I wanna find them though there’s some awesome species it seems here in Texas but some are wrongly ID and are D. formosa
 
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