I think I just might get some tailless variety soon. What size enclosure do you keep D. diadema in, Steve055? I have seen posts for D. varigatus (spelling?) all over the net, but not much info on diadema. Who sells this species in the trade?
I have one that I keep in a 10 gallon aquarium. I use it since it has the long sensory legs on it and I wanted it to have plenty of room to roam around. I tell you they are just so cool. It's always a treat at feeding time to watch it eat. If you don't have one you definately need one
Sorry to the posts above, i just noticed them. She is kept in, i think, a 22 gallon rubbermaid type container w/ lid. The lid a has several holes drilled in it. Substarit is just peat. I have a large rock in the center and some bark leaned against it. I use an under the tank human heating pad on med. This heats up the rock very nice. In this way she can self regulate better. Open air temp is about 75. rock surface about 85-90.
Think you got that backwards. Males have the longer palps and a smaller abdomen where females have shorter pals and a larger abdomen. Got this info from someone who has bred them so he must know which was female unless he had a tranny male.
I don't agree with you Steve, males normally have longer palpi than females. The species of the picture of you and Ravnos are not a Damon diadema, this last species have very long palpi. Maybe yours is a Damon johnstoni and that of Ravnos could be a parent of Phrynichus or something similar to a Damon variegatus (but it's not in my opinion a variegatus...).