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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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Probably a couple weeks, I waited about a month after my barbadensis molted before pairing them
 

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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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Paraphrynus cubensis 0.0.1 molted, I initially thought I had a pair but looking at the operculum and molt has me confused
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I’ll get better pics when they settle down but I’m extremely excited to work with this species. Typopeltis sp china A46600BD-ED81-4537-9E4F-00EBFBAED94B.jpeg
 

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Typopeltis sp china 1.0 eating, I’m starting to think that my female might be a subadult since she’s half a cm smaller than the male
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Typopeltis sp china 1.0
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The Typopeltis is indeed such a species of the genus. This is all I can tell with the pictures. Thelyphonid taxonomy is more than a mess!!
 

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Barbadensis molts! So far only 7, but it seems like the others are gonna follow suit soon
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Phrynus marginemaculatus, unfortunately 3 supposed males but this species is common enough so finding a mate shouldn’t be too hard. Pics of genital operculum
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Typopeltis 1.0 enjoying a red runner, these are quickly becoming one of my favorites. They absolutely love to eat, and it seems like my female is not quite sexually mature yet, so I’m currently working on power-feeding her to speed up growth. The male looks a bit beat up so hopefully she matures soon and I can attempt to pair them up
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Photo from a while back, one of my personal favorite species. Paraphrynus laevifrons, still looking for a mate, but I don’t mind keeping it just “as a pet,” so to speak.
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