I wasn't actually around when it was first brought in.... as that was 15 years ago. I couldn't tell you what it looked like then, but she was described to me as 'already an adult'.
I've never heard of aging an adult by pedipalp length after maturity is reached....do you have any good sources for this? In fact....I think I have some younger mature females with longer palps than the oldies.
THat is to awesome , I have been doing loads of reseach in there care and breeding but in no articals or books I have found how long they lived. It is a relife to know that they live a long time. I get attached to the pets I keep so I don't buy anything that dose not have a life span of at least 5 years.
HAHA! I work and do research in the Rayor lab, have for over 2 years.. That is where the old female is from. I guess I'll ask Dr. Rayor on Monday what she thinks of that way of telling their age....like I said I've never heard of that before but I learn new things all the time so maybe. But, I am still very skeptical.
wow...thats awesome! I wonder how she obtained Delena cancerides for her studies. I know she i probably under some kind of agreement...perhaps with the Aussie government but those would be cool spiders to keep.
Yes, we have collected wild Delena twice over the past six years. She does have a very strict agreement with the Australian government. They aren't going to be making it into the hobby area any time soon.