Saturday, January 1, 2022

Pure Mahogany Hissers!

Magnificent Beasts 2021 Package Series Pt. 6/7
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First post of 2022, woohoo! 😄🎉 And we're starting off with an interesting milestone! Finally, after years of keeping hissers and going around online as "Hisserdude", I actually have pure stock of the classic hobby hisser, Gromphadorhina portentosa! 😁

This isn't any old pure strain though, this is the "Mahogany" color morph isolated by Limberlost Exotics, from the old 1972 Cleveland Aquarium G.portentosa stock. These were isolated for a solid light brown-orange color, with said coloration dominating even the thoracic segments. Most adult females from this strain have little to no black coloration on their abdomens or even their thoracic segments, whereas the males might have black pronotums, but usually even those are just dark brown.

I've got mine set up in a well ventilated two gallon container with a thin layer of coconut fiber as the substrate. I'm keep one third of the enclosure humid, the rest bone dry, and using eggcrates for hides. I'm keeping them warm (80-85F°) and feeding dog food and fruits.

Here are some pics of one of my larger nymphs (it's still a small one though):

I'm already surprised with the light coloration on this one, can't wait to see the adults in person! Hopefully I can actually breed these, as I've not been having the best of luck when it comes to breeding hissers lately... 😓 

Anyways, that's gonna do it for this post, thanks for reading, hope everyone enjoyed, stay safe, and I'll see you all next time! 😉


  1. Happy New Year TJ! Omg what a way to start it!!
    I will have to wait for your colony to be super well established because I definitely need these beauties in my collection. But as in everything in life, good things come to those who wait, so I will just patiently wait while appreciating them from your posts! 🙏🏻
    HNY 2022 🎉

    1. Thanks, Happy New Year to you too Martin! 😁

      Haha thanks, hopefully that won't be too long from now, I'll keep you updated for sure! 😉 I hope they'll breed prolifically for me, this may be a pretty morph, but they are just pure, common hissers after all, should be easy. 😅🤞

      Here's to 2022 bringing us both lots of new species! 🥂🎉

  2. Now I like that. That kind of, what would you call it? More 'harmonised' coloration. It looks kind of painterly, like sepia meets burnt sienna. Nice.

    1. Man, if you think this nymph looks pretty, wait until you see the adults... 😉