New and Stupid, Help With Sexing My SP Colombian Klein

Sally007

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I'm new to the boards and pretty darn lost so please forgive me if this thread is in the wrong location.
I'm also new to the hobby pretty much.
As a birthday gift a friend purchased me an SP Colombian Klein (Dwarf Pumpkin Patch) about 14 months ago. It arrived as a thumb nail sized sling. Quickly I found out how fast, skittish, and even sneaky these guys can be. No less, I did my research and found out how take care of the little thing. Hoping for a female, it was dubbed Samara or Sam for short in the event it turned out male.
The problem: This T has always been great about feeding. Until recently. Recently, he-she refused the last two meals offered. Seeking help as to why, I tried a board on Facebook, adding pictures. I was quickly told that I had a male that had matured out but when I asked how to know for sure it's a ready-to-mate male, no answer was given. I've observed non the the traditional 'tapping' males tend to do either and have never recovered a molt from this fella, Sam has always buried to molt and even during enclosure cleans I've never found a molt. I was told he'll die soon and it'd be best to sell him or send him off for breeding with a mature female of the same species.
Can anyone help me confirm this? New pictures from today included here. I appreciate any help I can get, thank you for reading!
the sam.jpg 17861918_1291262027627815_5138871626914503338_n.jpg
 

Venom1080

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Yup. MM you can usually get about a year out of it starting from its last molt.
 

Sally007

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Yup. MM you can usually get about a year out of it starting from its last molt.
Could you help me how to learn this is a mature male? I know it's a dwarf species but he seems pretty small still, at least to me, and as said, there has has none of the traditional 'tapping' to or sperm webbing to indicate it's a he and he wants to mate. Also, in your opinion, would it be best to keep him, sell him, or send him to someone for breeding with a mature female? Thanks for any advise. :)
 

Moonohol

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Could you help me how to learn this is a mature male? I know it's a dwarf species but he seems pretty small still, at least to me, and as said, there has has none of the traditional 'tapping' to or sperm webbing to indicate it's a he and he wants to mate. Also, in your opinion, would it be best to keep him, sell him, or send him to someone for breeding with a mature female? Thanks for any advise. :)
The clubbed pedipalps give it away, that and the fact he's so leggy--looks just like my MM Hapalopus sp. "Colombia" klein that I sent off to do his manly duties. If you look closely at the palps, you should be able to spot the palpal bulbs on the ends, which are what the T uses to collect sperm and inseminate the female. They look like little red hooks.
 

ledzeppelin

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Could you help me how to learn this is a mature male? I know it's a dwarf species but he seems pretty small still, at least to me, and as said, there has has none of the traditional 'tapping' to or sperm webbing to indicate it's a he and he wants to mate. Also, in your opinion, would it be best to keep him, sell him, or send him to someone for breeding with a mature female? Thanks for any advise. :)
Do you notice the two hooks on the front legs? :) That's the most obvious sign of that being a MM. Sometimes they completely change colour after their last molt :)
 

boina

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What you are looking for is this:
MM.jpg
That's a Hapalopus sp. Colombia "big", but the difference isn't that big.
 
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