Monday, February 13, 2023

Special Sinodillo & Harvestmen Updates!

A little update on my ex. Merulanella sp. "Vietnam", which have now been properly identified as Sinodillo sp. "Vietnam". 😁 They had had a bit of a crash due to me overwatering them, and I think the stowaway Alaus larva that was in their enclosure maaaaay have snacked on some adults too... 😂 However they've recovered, and I've rehoused them to an enclosure with better ventilation, as well as a tighter lid (I think babies may have been escaping in the past as well, as their old shoebox lid wasn't that tight, and these Sinodillo climb even slightly dirty enclosure walls with ease).

In interesting news though, a few of my individuals are an orangish color all over! 😲 I've isolated the four I found that look like this (including one gravid female), so hopefully they'll breed and produce more similar looking offspring!

Here are sime pictures, both of some normal individuals, and of the orangish gravid female:

Orange-ish female

Hopefully that orangish morph can be isolated, and hopefully a bit intensified too. Would like to get rid of most of the patterning and end up with a mostly solid orange, deeper orange morph, but we'll see what happens. 😄

My Eumesosoma roeweri have been growing well (all the old adults are still alive BTW), some of my immatures are probably only a few molts away from maturity! 😁 Interestingly, they don't seem to gain their black coloration until adulthood, which is fine, since the immatures are very ornately patterned in various shades of brown, silvery tan and black.

Here are a few pics of some juvies:

Really loving this species, can't wait to have a little army of adults soon! 😁

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

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