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P smithi molt

Discussion in 'Poecilotheria' started by Johnnyp1987, Sep 2, 2016.

  1. Johnnyp1987

    Johnnyp1987 Well-Known Member

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    Got another molt from my p.smithi today. I managed to measure it against the side of the enclosure, 4" now. Its amazing how its grown. I got it as a freebie when i bought my p.metallica slings at the beginning of january this year. It was only about 2cm when i got it.
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    Enn49 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Congratulations on the moult.:)
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    Thanks, i was hoping to sex it but the abdomen is chewed right near the top book lungs, just have to wait till the next molt i suppose lol
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    Phil Well-Known Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Nice one ☺. If you get a good ventral shot there are a couple of members on here who are really good at sexing from ventral. Should be big enough. Try to get a picture shooting from below and towards the book lungs.they amy even be able to do it by zooming in the one you have already and/or advise more.
    @Casey K. And @Thistles......any thoughts on the original pic in the post?
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    Johnnyp1987 Well-Known Member

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    I will see what i can do phil, cheers
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    The pic is kind of blurry, but I'd guess male based on the shape I see. A new pic would really help though.
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    Definitely need a clear shot and a bit closer if you could. I can make an educated guess based on book lung spacing and agree with @Thistles and say male but I'm not standing 100% behind that guess just because of the quality of the picture. Help me out, brother....lol....get us a better pic!
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    Phil Well-Known Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    So just cos I always get this sexing stuff wrong Casey, what is the significance and difference with the book lung spacing? Would help me a lot to work it out as I keep trying and failing miserably to work it out. I need one of those "sexing for dummies" books I reckon. Wonder if you can get that on Kindle. ...lol
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    Usually, the females book lung spacing is closer together (top left is close to bottom left and top right is closer to bottom right) but there is a wider space between the bottom two book lungs. Males are the opposite. The top left and bottom left have more space between them and so on for the top right & bottom right. The bottom set of book lungs tend to be "closer" together.
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    But it's not the case in all species so it's always more accurate to sex by molt. :) Also, usually in males there will appear to be a "belly button" between the top two book lungs and in females there appears to be a set of "lips" between the top two book lungs (exuvium area). It's not always an accurate way to sex. There are some species (Aphonopelma) that are difficult to sex this way. It may take a while to get it down and even I make mistakes STILL- just rarely. ;)
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    Thank you. That was really useful. I need to remember that one and obviously this helps when there is more than one of he same species/size to compare again ☺
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    Posts crossed. I take it all back now......lmao
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    Heres afew more pics that ive managed to get.
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    Yeah, that's a boy. Great pics!
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