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Poecilotheria metallica

Discussion in 'What sex is my Tarantula?' started by pokie99, Dec 26, 2014.

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    pokie99 Active Member

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    Hello! Could you sex my L6 P. metallica? I bought it as a determined female but I want to be sure.

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    When it comes to P. metallica the best way to determine male or female is Spermathecae sexing ( looking at the molt),
    Epiandrous fusillae sexing is not 100 % and for a metallica its much harder. most look like females turns out really to be male and males turn out to be females.
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    Thank you for the reply! I know that spermathecae sexing is best for pokies and the other way is not very reliable but I wanted to see if somebody could make a guess. I did not see a sperm. on the previous molt but I have read that it can be only seen with a microscope on this size.
    P.S. I know what spermathecae sexing is. I have been caring for Ts for about an year and have been reading a lot during that period. Thanks anyway!
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    Poecs are easy to vent sex, and most can be sexed that way at 2". There's a lot of glare in those pics, but it looks female.
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    Then switch your guesses around. You're obviously seeing a difference, just calling it wrong.
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    Thanks for the reply! I am hoping it is a female! I have a male regalis and the epiandrous fusillae is really easy to see. Ventral sexing is not 100% correct but I don't see anything like this in my Metallica.
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    you can take a photo of carapax, abdomen too, and post.
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    Here you go.

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    Can you see the spermathecae at this age? I've looked many times at her last molt but I don't see anything. It's really small (the epigastric furrow is only 2 - 3mm wide).
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    Hm i not see spermathece or epigastric furrow :/ i have my own photo of 100% MALE poec. metallica in this similar size too, you can check photo and compare.

    metla.png sdc12702k.jpg IMG_20130505_164453.jpg

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    Thanks. I'm sure that my Metallica looks female ventrally but the spermathecae is hard to see with a naked eye at this size. I'll see in a few molts.
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    Is this male or female?
    Also P. metallica
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