Macroctenus kingsleyi

akazaran

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Does anybody has experience with Macroctenus kingsleyi?
They are gorgeous but not much information available on these guys...
 

NYAN

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Keep them moist, arboreal, and offer them cork to hide in and molt from.
 

Stefan2209

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I find it interesting, that there's very little information spread in the hobby, despite the fact that the species is quite available (at least around here) for some time.

One should think, that M. kingsleyi would be of more interest to the pet keeping community, as it's a fairly large species, yet there's much more information available about P. haematostoma, which come from the same imports but are a smaller species.
I also rarely saw offspring for sale, usually it'd be wc adults or subadults, while P. haematostoma seems quite readily available through cb offspring.

@NYAN interesting that you metion to keep them arboreal, as Steyn et. al. mention in their paper from 2003 that they found the species generally in height < 10cm (4").

@akazaran The species is mentioned in at least two scientific papers which are available through the WSC:

Steyn, T. L., Van der Donckt, J.-F. & Jocqué, R. (2003). The Ctenidae (Araneae) of the rainforests in eastern Côte d'Ivoire. Annales, Musée Royal de l'Afrique Centrale, Sciences zoologiques290: 129-166

and

Henrard, A. & Jocqué, R. (2017a). Morphological and molecular evidence for new genera in the Afrotropical Cteninae (Araneae, Ctenidae) complex. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society180(1): 82-154
 

NYAN

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@NYAN interesting that you metion to keep them arboreal, as Steyn et. al. mention in their paper from 2003 that they found the species generally in height < 10cm (4").
This is interesting to actually read as being a fact. I had suspected that they were either found in both ground and arboreal or just ground habitat. The way I keep mine offers them both types of hides. I slant two bark pieces together. I guess I should’ve mentioned that.
 

Stefan2209

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What you experience is pretty much that the same, as i experienced when i raised some unidentified Ctenidae sp. from Kenya 10 years ago. Those were "neither fish nor flesh", so not arboreal, but also no strictly ground dwellers.
It's interesting to compare the observations of the scientists in the field to observations than can be made in captivity. Often it's just the same, sometimes it will differ.
 

akazaran

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Thank Stefan these are great references.
According to the 2003 article: "
accord ing to our ex perience ofAfrican ctenids,
either their venom had no or litt le effect, or their
mo uthparts seemed too weak to pe netrate human
skin." Quite encouraging!
 
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