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Trapdoor video (Gorgyrella sp.)

Discussion in 'Other Spiders & Arachnids' started by danfekar, Mar 7, 2004.

  1. catfishrod69

    catfishrod69 Arachnoemperor

    Very cool man. Glad she is still with you. She actually seemed slower than my Gorgyrella red girl. Mine is so fast that you almost can't tell it happened.
  2. paassatt

    paassatt Arachnoangel

    Nice! Really cool to see that clip in slow motion.
  3. Malhavoc's

    Malhavoc's Arachnoking Old Timer

    Nice Vid Dan; I enjoyed the slow motion of the actual nab it shows their movements and tatics wonderfully Out of curiosity, do you have an ambient temp of her enclosure? it may help explain the longjevity (Beyond their nature) and feeding schedual? Im not quite sure on the life span of these animals, so the data helps for those wondering.
  4. danfekar

    danfekar Arachnosquire Old Timer

    Thanks :)

    I keep her at room temp, usually between 63 and 75 ºF depending on the season. Two years ago she had several days in a temp of around 50 ºF when my central heating failed during a vacation. Definitely a hardy species :)

    I have no idea about the lifespan of this species, and I'm not even sure about the genus. It bought it as a Stasimopus robertsi but Gorgyrella was suggested by several board members on Arachnoboards, solely based on pictures. Still looking for a good key, or anyone with experience in identifying these critters.
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2012
  5. catfishrod69

    catfishrod69 Arachnoemperor

    I had a black female that a buddy had for 5 years, and then i got her. She needed to be rehoused, and i dug her up, and rehoused her. She wouldnt reborrow. She just sat around and died. But he told me 5 years was a long time for a true spider. Im not 100% on my black or my red species either too. Gorgyrella was what mine was best guessed at also. My red girl eats pretty decently, usually once a week to once every two weeks. My black has eaten once in the last 6 months.
  6. danfekar

    danfekar Arachnosquire Old Timer

    They're not true spiders, but mygalomorphs (like tarantulas). Therefore a longer lifespan is not surprising, but just how long is anyones guess.
  7. catfishrod69

    catfishrod69 Arachnoemperor

    Hmm i guess i never really understood the meaning of mygalomorphs. That does make sense then. Really hard to tell. Best thing is keep that girl going as long as you can, and then we will find out.
  8. Ciphor

    Ciphor Arachnoprince

    Trapdoors in captivity live up to 20 years, so 8 years is not the least bit surprising to me.

    Catfish, you can distinguish Mygalomorphae and Araneomorphae by 2 main anatomical features.

    Booklungs (true spiders have no booklungs)
    Downward striking fangs (true spiders fangs are like mandibles, pinching sideways)
  9. Very nice videos! Some of the doors in my house don't work that good. lol
  10. catfishrod69

    catfishrod69 Arachnoemperor

    Yep i knew the booklung and fang part about true spiders, but havent looked at my traps close enough to realize this. Thanks.
  11. Ciphor

    Ciphor Arachnoprince

    Np. After awhile you just visually start to recognize other differences. Mygalids are always stocky and thick. You wont find any stocky thick true spiders that compare. The thickest, stockiest is probably Hogna, Dolomedes & Phoneutria.
  12. catfishrod69

    catfishrod69 Arachnoemperor

    Yeah i understand that. I do like the stockiness of the traps, and large trues. I keep D. tenebrosus. They are some really cool spiders. Fast, defensive, and easy to care for.
  13. danfekar

    danfekar Arachnosquire Old Timer

    I'm dragging this ancient thread back up for logging purposes; today I found my Gorgyrella dead in her burrow. It looked like a failed moult, as there was an exuvium partially stuck to her dried up body. It might have been my own fault, as the soil in her tank was a bit drier than what I usually keep it. Then again, it might have been old age or just pure bad luck.

    She was in my care for 17 years :)
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