Haplopelma lividum Colour Question

wyllomoon

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I have a Haplopelma lividum that was purchased as a smallish spiderling in November of 2006. Unfortunately, I have no pictures to share as I am still working on getting a decent digital camera.

I've never kept one of these guys before and I know that the females can be an absolutely gorgeous shade of blue while the males are more brownish-grey in colour with only a little blue under certain lighting. I don't know the gender of the one I have here, but it's leg span is about 2" or so by now and it's a really plain shade of rusty brown. I'm just wondering if I should expect that it will stay this color as an adult or if it will change as it grows. Are juveniles always brown?

Thanks in advance.

Lisa
 

Becky

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The bigger and older it gets the more blue it will become. In normal day light females are kinda black ... until you shine a light on them, then it brings out the irridescent blue on their legs :)
 

wyllomoon

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Ah, I thought it might work that way. I read that the blue isn't always noticable unless it's under light. I just found it odd that this guy/girl is almost the exact same color as my OBT (just a shade or two darker), but then I've never had one before let alone watched one grow from a spiderling. So what do I know? :eek:

Thanks for your quick reply, Becky.
 

lunixweb

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Hi, I guess if your h lividum is about 2" it should be showing its adult colors right now, but maybe you should wait until the next molt, try with some light above your T & you will be able to check its color more easily, if it looks a kind of brownish-grey maybe that will be its adult color and of course it's a male. {D
 

wyllomoon

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Having just sneaked up on him and shone a flashlight on him before he could vanish back into his burrow, I could see that he has dark stripes similar to my OBT and is still brown. :confused: Is that normal? I don't see him often at all so it's sometimes difficult to catch sight of him/her/it right after a moult.
 

JMoran1097

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Having just sneaked up on him and shone a flashlight on him before he could vanish back into his burrow, I could see that he has dark stripes similar to my OBT and is still brown. :confused: Is that normal? I don't see him often at all so it's sometimes difficult to catch sight of him/her/it right after a moult.
kinda sucks if you bought a H.Lividum male instead of a female. kinda defeats the purpose of buying a Cobalt Blue for show.
 

wyllomoon

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Lopez said:
This is not correct. Sub adult male H.lividum are blue.
So the young ones should also be blue? This guy is completely brown.

JMoran1097 said:
kinda sucks if you bought a H.Lividum male instead of a female. kinda defeats the purpose of buying a Cobalt Blue for show.
Kinda, yeah. But all of the T's I have were purchased as unsexed with the option of trading back later if I end up with all males (which would be just my luck). Of course, I've grown a little too fond of some of them to ever think of parting with them (even if they do turn out male). I have no plans on breeding spiders yet and maybe not in the future either. I guess, only time will tell what this guy/girl is.



Oh and on a random side note, I spent hours online looking at pics of juvenile H.Lividum and I found two that look exactaly the same as mine:

This and this

Though I think he's a fair bit bigger than these two. At least I know I've not lost my mind. I was beginning to think that he might not be H.Lividum at all.

:?

Thanks for your help everyone.
 

Becky

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Can you get a picture?

Has it got stripes on the abdomen as opposed to dots and stripes? Pterinochilus have the stripes and dots, Haplo's have the stripes.

Probably is lividum.. just wait a moult and see if things look up :)
 

Lopez

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H.lividum (regardless of sex) begin to show blue at around 2" or so.
 
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