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Freshly molted Phrynus whitei suspect 1.0, this one was missing both whips and had the curvy legs. He partially regrew one of his whips, here’s to hoping that he’ll be able to pull through and mate with my other female 2E9836FE-57F3-46DA-B924-7AAB352A6983.jpeg
 

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This has been an interesting week, 2 molts and a loss. One of my whitei females began acting kind of weird, she was sluggish and didn’t seem to be able to hold onto anything until she finally just dropped dead...I’m still confused as to why, one of my whitei that was missing both whips managed to molt fine... 8FCC84E2-3F67-4799-8F6B-501C5F580127.jpeg
 

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Well slight update, I was told that there is a good chance that the “whitei” are in fact a different species since there is another Phrynus sp from Nicaragua that looks identical to the specimens I have, so I’ll be labelling them as sp. Nicaragua for now.
The female Phrynus I tried to pair has obvious ovaries on her underside, but no developing eggs, and she’s been refusing prey lately so I’m assuming she’s in premolt. I tried pairing up the other female with a missing whip and although he did create a spermatophore, the sperm head was still attached, and the pair immediately separated afterwards so it likely didn’t go too well...at least I now know I have 2 females
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Well slight update, I was told that there is a good chance that the “whitei” are in fact a different species since there is another Phrynus sp from Nicaragua that looks identical to the specimens I have, so I’ll be labelling them as sp. Nicaragua for now.
Interesting. Do you know which species?
The female Phrynus I tried to pair has obvious ovaries on her underside, but no developing eggs, and she’s been refusing prey lately so I’m assuming she’s in premolt. I tried pairing up the other female with a missing whip and although he did create a spermatophore, the sperm head was still attached, and the pair immediately separated afterwards so it likely didn’t go too well...at least I now know I have 2 females
I'm still optimistic. Your other spermatophores lost their heads, after all, so she's at least potentially receptive.

Also, I think it's possible that if you can see ovaries, they might be in the early stages of developing eggs. I honestly have no idea how likely that is, I just know that the ovaries in many animals enlarge before the eggs start to visibly develop.
 

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I was told that they could be maesi, but I don’t want to create any confusion as of yet as to which sp. And yup the ovaries are definitely a good sign, I’ll wait for her to molt then pair her again
 

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I was told that they could be maesi, but I don’t want to create any confusion as of yet as to which sp. And yup the ovaries are definitely a good sign, I’ll wait for her to molt then pair her again
Well regardless of what it is, they are pretty beautiful!! And thats a shame that its going to molt out, but Im hopefully for you to pair her again after the molt. How long after the molt do you plan to try and pair/mate her again?
 

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I was told that they could be maesi, but I don’t want to create any confusion as of yet as to which sp. And yup the ovaries are definitely a good sign, I’ll wait for her to molt then pair her again
Gotcha. Maybe save the molt and photograph the palps up close? Usually palp spination is used to differentiate sp, though I haven't gone back to the original publication to check what differentiates maesi.
 
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