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Discussion in 'Other Spiders & Arachnids' started by basin79, Aug 26, 2016.
What kind of spider is the yellow one, shes beautiful? Are the others sand spiders?
She's a Platythomisus octomaculatus aka 8 spot crab spider. The first 2 and last 1 are 6 eyed sand spiders yes. Sicarius thomisoides.
The African members of Sicariidae were moved from genus Sicarius to Hexophthalma somewhat recently.
That dark red is so cool compared to the dusty grey that S. thomisoides have (which are also awesome looking). Great addition.
Aye. I was told on Instagram earlier about the name change due to being African. This lass has really confused me as she's got no dust on her so has the recently moulted look but her abdomen is huge so it looks like she's due to moult.
Here's my male a couple of weeks after moulting
and after months have passed
Their colour comes from the dust and sand particles their hairs trap.
Glad she made it out OK, even though one of her legs got stuck.
Aye. I've kept them for years and this is the first time there's been a problem with any moulting. I've put a piece of cork bark in with my other 3 now. Once she's over her moult I'll add 1 to her enclosure too.
Do they use the cork bark?
I'm not sure but it will just give them the option. In the past mine have moulted on the side of their enclosure or I'm assuming on their back when I've found their moults.
This lass chose to moult like that though for some reason so if she's not now full grown the cork bark will be their.
Just grabbed these via my phone. Both my Sicarius thomisoides slings moulted yesterday. 1 decided to use the cork bark I added whilst the other used the paper towel I use to block off a hole.
A really short video but I'm just happy to have gotten her on camera.
I've had the female Gandanameno that appears 3rd in this video over 3 years now.
How long do they normally live?
I'm not sure to be honest but I know they're not super long lived like your favourite.