How small can Haplopelma males mature?

RichRollin

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Hello everyone, I've searched this topic and not found what Im looking for. I have a Haplopelma longipes that Im thinking is a mature male. I wasnt expecting him to mature this quickly, he's only about 4 inches DLS at the most.

Im admittedly not that experienced, I've only been keeping T's as an obsession (you all know what I mean) for a little over a year.

I've noticed he has red bulbs (?) under his palps and hasnt been interested in food since his last molt on 7/02. Is it safe to say he's a mature male? I bought him on 10/20/09 at .75 inch (second instar?) and as far as I know of, has molted five times since. I easily could have missed some molts. Is he big enough to be mature? Are the red bulbs a sign that he's mature?
 

mcluskyisms

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Hello everyone, I've searched this topic and not found what Im looking for. I have a Haplopelma longipes that Im thinking is a mature male. I wasnt expecting him to mature this quickly, he's only about 4 inches DLS at the most.

Im admittedly not that experienced, I've only been keeping T's as an obsession (you all know what I mean) for a little over a year.

I've noticed he has red bulbs (?) under his palps and hasnt been interested in food since his last molt on 7/02. Is it safe to say he's a mature male? I bought him on 10/20/09 at .75 inch (second instar?) and as far as I know of, has molted five times since. I easily could have missed some molts. Is he big enough to be mature? Are the red bulbs a sign that he's mature?
Yep they can mature that size, is he looking really leggy too???

Usually when a male matures at a smaller body size than usual his legs make up for it which is advantageous for him :)
 

syndicate

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Most Haplopelma males mature around prob 2.5-3" legspan.although some of the larger species like hainanum and sp."Bach ma" can mature much much larger!
I recently had a hainanum male here who was close to 6-7" leg span.
-Chris
 

RichRollin

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Thanks for the help fellas. Im fairly certain now that he is mature. Only reason I was questioning myself was because of his size, but thats been cleared up. Thanks again, you guys have been very helpful.
 

NevularScorpion

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the only disadvantage of small males is when mating with a huge females, sometimes they are too heavy for the males.
 

Pociemon

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Well, i had a schmidti male who was extra small, and he did the job anyway with a huge female;)
 
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