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1 April 2009 Spiderling emergence in the tarantula Grammostola mollicoma (Ausserer 1875): an experimental approach (Araneae, Theraphosidae)
Alejandra Panzera, Cintya Perdomo, Fernando Pérez-Miles
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The ability of Grammostola. mollicoma (Ausserer 1875) spiderlings (Araneae, Theraphosidae) to emerge from the cocoon without the assistance of their mother was tested experimentally. We created two experimental groups with 23 cocoons in each group. In one of the groups we cut the cocoon wall creating an opening; in the other group, the cocoon remained untouched. We found no differences between the groups in either the number or instar composition of the spiderlings that emerged. The spiderlings were able to emerge without the assistance of their mother. The emerging instars in both groups were precocious compared to previous suggestions in the literature.

Alejandra Panzera, Cintya Perdomo, and Fernando Pérez-Miles "Spiderling emergence in the tarantula Grammostola mollicoma (Ausserer 1875): an experimental approach (Araneae, Theraphosidae)," The Journal of Arachnology 37(1), 92-96, (1 April 2009). https://doi.org/10.1636/T07-111.1
Received: 13 December 2007; Published: 1 April 2009
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