P. Auratus

Zevil

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Someone told me it's a male because the tibial hook is clearly visible and they develop it one moult before maturity. I told him this one only has like a 3 inch leg span, I don't think he's close to maturity. He says male auratus can be pretty small. Is this all true?
 

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Theneil

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Some of it is true. It is male. But they get the hooks ON the maturing molt so what you have is a MATURE male.
 

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3 inch legspan seems small for an adult male P auratus, very small! Maybe males of this speicies mature at this small size, OR, there is another opion. Are you sure that the spider you got is a P auratus?, cos tibial spurs never lie! And yes, its underneath its spermwebb!
 

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If bodylenght is 2 inches, it can impossibke have a 3 inch legspan! Yes, that is indeed P auratus
 

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Someone sold it to to me as an unsex juvenile.
Yeah, generally speaking, don't buy "unsexed" juveniles. That's how some of the more unscrupulous sellers out there get rid of their unwanted males.

My worst one was a P. burgessi that hooked out on his second moult.
 

Zevil

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Yeah, generally speaking, don't buy "unsexed" juveniles. That's how some of the more unscrupulous sellers out there get rid of their unwanted males.

My worst one was a P. burgessi that hooked out on his second moult.
This Auratus of mine hooked out on his first moult with me. I had him for only 5 months and now he's going to die soon? Damnit.
 

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This Auratus of mine hooked out on his first moult with me. I had him for only 5 months and now he's going to die soon? Damnit.
About the same amount of time I had my P. burgessi, your best bet is to try to sell him on to a breeder tbh.
 

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This Auratus of mine hooked out on his first moult with me. I had him for only 5 months and now he's going to die soon? Damnit.
I agree with Grim reaper! Unfortunatly, this is a "foul" way for sellers to get rid of males!
 

Zevil

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I agree with Grim reaper! Unfortunatly, this is a "foul" way for sellers to get rid of males!
But since he moulted into a mature male like two months ago, I continued feeding him weekly because I didn't realised he was matured. Is it normal for mature males to keep eating?
 

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The question of eating subsequent to maturity can vary among species. However, most MM’s will eat almost as usual after their ultimate molt, then downshift as time moves forward, how quickly this slowing progresses also varies from species to species.
 

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This Auratus of mine hooked out on his first moult with me. I had him for only 5 months and now he's going to die soon? Damnit.
If only my female was a little bigger I'd ask to buy him. You can probably loan him to a breeder and try to get some slings back or just sell him.
 

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If only I had breeding experience, I’d gladly take him. I have a big gorgeous female auratus and I LOVE phormictopus.
 

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If only I had breeding experience, I’d gladly take him. I have a big gorgeous female auratus and I LOVE phormictopus.
You shouldnt hesitate to give it a shot....but not this one....this one lives on another continent from you.
 
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