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Is Damon diadema (Amblypygi) parthenogenesis possible?

Discussion in 'Other Spiders & Arachnids' started by AmblypygiMomma, Jul 18, 2018.

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    Hey there, I've lurked on these subs a bit since I got a gravid Damon diadema over a year ago. That female (I named her Spanky) unfortunately died, but not before her brood hatched and molted off of her back. Now, a year and a half later, I have 12 juvenile diadema siblings that are starting to get cranky with each other.

    The question that I have is not actually about my 12 juveniles, but about something I saw posted on here a couple years ago: parthenogenesis. I've read in academic papers that parthenogenesis has been observed in a few species of amblypygi, but have no idea if it's at all likely to happen with D. diadema. Just wondering if anyone has had a confirmed parthenogenetic birth from one of their amblies. Thanks, and I'm excited to be on these discussion boards with y'all!
     
  2. schmiggle

    schmiggle Arachnoprince Active Member

    I believe not in D. diadema--I think it's a Charinus thing.
     
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  3. wizentrop

    wizentrop to the rescue! Old Timer

    @schmiggle is correct, parthenogenesis is only recorded from Charinidae (genera Charinus and Sarax).
     
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  4. Banshee05

    Banshee05 Arachnobaron Old Timer

    I would never say never, but it is most likely not possible.
    BUT, I have seen many specimen within many genera and families, where females produce eggsacs without being fertilized, especially in Charontidae... mating, male produces a spermatophore but the females do not take them up, but produce an eggsac...must be a hormonell story.
     
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  5. Lyrognathus

    Lyrognathus Arachnosquire

    Chances are she was wild caught and was mated in the wild. You're lucky to have some babies at the very least!
     
  6. Hi there new to arachnoboards. Would either of those species get to larger sizes? or are they mostly quite tiny?
     
  7. wizentrop

    wizentrop to the rescue! Old Timer

    Very small, but unique and cute in their own way.
     
  8. Thank you
     
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