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Hapalopus sps Large vs small?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by Matttoadman, Oct 20, 2016.

  1. Matttoadman

    Matttoadman Arachnoknight

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    so I picked up a less than 1/2 inch "dwarf pumpkin patch" from the LPS today. It's literally mounting as I type(man I'm nervous). How do you tell the difference between the "large" and "small"? I'm assuming these are different species and not variants?
     
  2. Moonohol

    Moonohol Two Legged Freak

    I believe that you can tell the difference by the orange patches on the top of the opisthosoma. In the Larges, the patches will be distinctly connected; the Smalls won't have connected patches. Here's a pic of my Small to give you an idea:
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  3. Matttoadman

    Matttoadman Arachnoknight

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    Mine has the separate spots like yours. It just broke free and still on its back.
     
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  4. Flexzone

    Flexzone Arachnodemon

    And here is my Mature female H. sp. Columbia "Large" as example
     
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  5. Moonohol

    Moonohol Two Legged Freak

    Right on! I wish you the best of luck! Haps are awesome Ts, you're definitely going to enjoy yours.
     
  6. Matttoadman

    Matttoadman Arachnoknight

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    Thanks all. I am excited. This is my first sling so a little nervous. But at 15$....

    Well it flipped over. I feel much better lol IMG_0178.JPG
     
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    sdsnybny Arachnogeek Arachnosupporter

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  8. Matttoadman

    Matttoadman Arachnoknight

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    Thanks sdsnybny, I will now have to wait for it to take a stroll up the cup.
     
  9. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer

    0.1 Large

     
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  10. Matttoadman

    Matttoadman Arachnoknight

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    Very interesting. Like you pulled a toothpick through two spots of fresh paint.
     
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  11. sdsnybny

    sdsnybny Arachnogeek Arachnosupporter

    You have MM's for that girl??
     
  12. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer

    I knew someone would ask. Sadly she's dead. I bought her as a 1/4" sling very early on before most had this species. I was fortunate to get a female on my first go around. Not long ago she molted, no problem until I saw she lost BOTH her fangs. She basically looked like a human w/gums for teeth. It was a sad sight. She would attack crickets and then let them go. It was clear she was "frustrated". I tried all types of methods and a variety of insect goo hoping she'd learn to take it up. She ate once like that. But that wasn't enough. She immediately drank A LOT of water to maintain her BP, but water is not enough. Ultimately she died of starvation after about 3 months. I couldn't end her life myself as I always hoped she'd eat some goo and learn to accept it.

    This species more so than most IMO, is geared towards movement. As you know, they hop on any movement when hungry. The slightest movement of a trip wire sets off a feeding response. IMO, exceeded by no other NW T, but only equaled.

    She really needed movement to stimulate her feeding response, and no matter how hard I tried to simulate movement w/the goo, once she attacked the goo, she quickly realized it was not an insect, and instantly let go. It was very sad. I can handle having a T die out of nowhere for unknown reasons, but her death really sucked as she was completely healthy. She had gorgeous bright colors, and always had a fat abdomen, never a poor eater.
     
  13. sdsnybny

    sdsnybny Arachnogeek Arachnosupporter

    That.s very unfortunate, not something I want to ever go through. I asked cause I have two MM's just sitting doing nothing. hope you get a female again.
     
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  14. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer

    Yeah when I saw your MMs I would have picked one up for sure. It's a sad experience really, being helpless and the animal is in YOUR care. She lived on water for about a month, then she ate cricket goo. It abdomen got larger, so I thought I'd turned a corner w/her and she learned a new way to eat. Nope.

    In between the 3 months or so she would still attack a cricket and sometimes she would hold on and try to eat it. She "ate" about 2 or 3 over 3 months, no bolus, just a somewhat full husk of a cricket left over. She couldn't digest everything. I had hoped maybe she would survive on partially eaten crix, but she wouldn't eat them frequently enough. She'd attack them all the time, that was the saddest part I think. Seeing her try and pretty much know it wouldn't work for her.

    I couldn't ask for a better T.
     
  15. Matttoadman

    Matttoadman Arachnoknight

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    IMG_0520.JPG IMG_0526.JPG Here is an updated pic. Two of the spots appear to be connected. Time will tell on which species it is. A very awesome eater by the way. It now easily takes down hisser nymphs.
     
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  16. saturnthegrey

    saturnthegrey Arachnosquire

    I would love to get my hands on an H. triseriatus. Hard to find and somewhat pricey from what I can tell. But it's one of those species ive got on my hit list. Second only to a C. elegans which funny enough is a pretty easy and cheaper species.
     
  17. JoeRossi

    JoeRossi Arachnohumbled Old Timer

    http://arachnoboards.com/threads/least-scary-vs-most-scary.261388/page-4#post-2266133

    http://arachnoboards.com/threads/hapalopus-sp-colombia-large.208057/

    http://arachnoboards.com/threads/hapalopus-sp-colombia-small.225685/
     
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  18. renz0115

    renz0115 Arachnopeon

    77C53B81-31D4-4912-BB3C-1A453908A5C6.png Pumpkin patch Small or Large?
     
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  19. Goopyguy56

    Goopyguy56 Arachnobaron Active Member

    here is my large
     
  20. sdsnybny

    sdsnybny Arachnogeek Arachnosupporter

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