Friday, September 23, 2022

Hobby PSA: Salganea t. taiwanensis = Salganea incerta

Thanks to hobbyist Filip Repta on Facebook, it's been brought to my attention that the "Salganea taiwanensis taiwanensis" circulating in the hobby were actually misidentified, and are in fact Salganea incerta.

Apparently Filip had sent some individuals from their colony, labeled at the time as S.t.taiwanensis,  to a university in Paris for subsociality studies, and the scientists at said university determined that they were actually incorrectly identified, and properly identified them as S.incerta. Afterwards this ID was also confirmed by another experienced Czech collector and breeder. So all EU, and by extension US stock of S.t.taiwanensis is actually S. incerta.

This may be old news for several EU breeders, but considering only a few US people currently keep this species, I figured it'd be relevant to bring up here. 😄

On a side note, my colony of this species has been doing very well over the past several months. I've been feeding them white rot wood, which they absolutely love, and my colony has exploded from around 24 individuals at the beginning of the year to 60+ individuals! 😁 It seems offering white rot wood is key to colony growth, as well as keeping them in a dark place, and offering supplemental foods somewhat regularly.

Hope this post proves informative to others, thanks for reading, stay safe, and I'll see you all next time! 😉

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