Friday, February 16, 2024

New Pods from Tropical Isopods!

I got a box maybe a month ago from the renowned isopod hobbyist Carlos Michaelsen of Tropical Isopods, and couldn't be happier with the array of species I got in this package! 😁

First off, I got a group of Tylos niveus "Elliot Key, FL". These are in the same family as Helleria, and basically just look like smaller versions of them, but with larger eyes and different patterning. It's care is supposedly quite similar, but without a diapause requirement, so I am looking forward to working with this species!

I have them in a moderately ventilated enclosure with a few inches of rotten wood and sawdust substrate, topped with leaf litter and bark. I'm keeping them humid, keeping them at around 75-80F, and am offering dog food and fruits as supplemental food.

Here are some pictures of the cuties:

Fingers crossed these breed as well for me as Helleria have!

Next up, I got a nice group of Elumoides sp. "Homestead, FL - Yellow Submarine"! This micropod is a gorgeously vibrant shade of yellow, and really pop out even despite their incredibly small size (these honestly make Dwarf Whites look giant!). I really love the more slender, cylindrical morphology of this genus, quite unique!

I've got them in a moderately ventilated container with several inches of coconut fiber, with some leaf litter mixed in, topped with a bit of Panesthia substrate. Keeping them humid, at around 75-80F°, and offering dog food as supplemental food. They seem to be breeding well already, and I'll hopefully have a big established colony soon!

Here are some pictures of them:

In that last photo you can see a mom with her freshly born babies, seems they give birth to small litters of around 2-3 babies on average, not too surprising considering just how tiny the adults are!

Carlos also sent me some Porcellio hoffmannseggi "Orange", so now I have both established morphs of this species in my collection (at least of the standard hoffmannseggi line), but ironically I still need to get the normals again. 🤣 Glad to have these in my collection finally!

As is standard for Spanish Porcellio, I have these set up in a well ventilated enclosure with an inch or so of coconut fiber substrate, topped with lots of bark and leaf litter. I'm keeping a third of the enclosure humid, the rest dry, and have them at around 75-80F°. I'm offering dog food and calcium carbonate chunks as supplemental nutrition. 

Here are photos of a few of them:

They're growing very rapidly, and I expect I'll see breeding action within the next few months. 😀 

Next up we got Cubaris sp. Rubber Bee, a very cute species with coloration and morphology somewhere between sp. "Amber" and sp. "Rubber Ducky" IMO. They seem to be one of the easier species of Cubaris to keep and breed, and mine certainly seem to be doing well, fingers crossed I can get a fully established colony going soon.

I've got them set up in a well ventilated enclosure with an inch or so of coconut fiber substrate, topped with bark chunks and leaf litter. Keeping them fairly humid and at around 75-85F°. Offering dog food as their supplemental diet.

Here are some pictures of a couple of them:

A very pretty species that my pictures did not do justice, hopefully they'll breed well for me!

Lastly, I got a group of Cubaris sp. "Emperor Bee", which according to some sources is in the same clade (if not the same species) as Cubaris sp. "White Ducky". Now, White Duckies never did too hot for me, and unfortunately that trend carried over with this species. I set them up in typical Cubaris fashion, but I made a mistake and overwatered my colony from the get go. This resulted in the entire culture dying out within a week or two, which really bummed me out. 😢 A simple mistake, but one this species could not tolerate.

Anyways, I did get some pics of this species befofe they all passed, so I figure I'll share them anyways:

A beautiful species, very unfortunate that I screwed up with them instantly. But oh well, what can you do, at least I'll know not to repeat that mistake in the future should I ever acquire this species again. 🤷🏻‍♂️

Anyways, that's gonna do it for this post, HUGE thanks to Carlos for this awesome box, please go hit up his website if you are on the lookout for high quality isopods, he's got a great selection. 😄 Thanks for reading, hope everyone enjoyed, and I'll see you all next time!

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