How are Tarantuals measured?

jeryst

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I often get confused about stated sizes of T's, so I was wondering how they are measured.

For example, if I see a T that is described as 2", what exactly does that mean? Is that front leg tip to back leg tip in a normal standing position, or is that the length of the body, or something else entirely?
 

codykrr

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Actually scientist usually measure body length. So basically from mouth parts to the spinnerets .

The first an last link you provided to me, was wrong. I would say 98% of hobbyist measure diagonal leg span.

this is also a much debated topic, as some people measure when stretched out..curled up. Diagonal leg span measurments give you a basic idea of how big a spider is. All though to scientists since there is to much room for error, they measure the body length.
 

Sleazoid

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Actually scientist usually measure body length. So basically from mouth parts to the spinnerets .

The first an last link you provided to me, was wrong. I would say 98% of hobbyist measure diagonal leg span.

this is also a much debated topic, as some people measure when stretched out..curled up. Diagonal leg span measurments give you a basic idea of how big a spider is. All though to scientists since there is to much room for error, they measure the body length.
Thanks for that. I do not measure my T's I just used to the search function and google to bring up these links. :D
 
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