Monocentropus balfouri

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6 years 11 months ago - 6 years 11 months ago #10720 by Fuzzy Bear
Nothing is "magical" about any breeding.

I have waited longer than I care to mention for mine to mature. I have tried to syncronise males and females to reach sexual maturity at a "convenient" time. I have done more reading on this than I have read anything in my entire scholastic carrier. If ever I am blessed with an egg case, it will be through joint efforts of a very special friend that lives far away and my buddy Ceratogyrus, who lives around the corner.

One can assume that slings from this Tarantula Royalty will be pricy. The yield from a viable egg case is very small. They are not even readily available in the US (gathered from Arachnoboards), have not been bred in SA as far as I know and will remain the holy grail of Tarantulas for some time.

So we wait...

Most people are like clouds. The sun comes out when they f*ck off...
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6 years 11 months ago #10722 by James
Good luck dude, it will be a day to celebrate!!!!

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6 years 11 months ago #10724 by Danny
@ Scarab, lets hope your hard work and dedication to this species rewards you in abundance... so we can also have some, and you can go buy a house in the Caymans.

No seriously, these are very special and beautiful, and I really hope you guys are able to pull it off successfully.

Best regards,

HS

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6 years 11 months ago - 6 years 11 months ago #10726 by Swipe
Scarab wrote:

Nothing is "magical" about any breeding.


:] in you opinion sure. And dont get me wrong, mating is a gruel and calculated science that can drive one to madness. So in some manner i to agree hehe

But for me its a dance of fiery passion that lights up any keepers mood to near exuberance when they play witness to a successful insertion and later on a egg sac. I've seen some people cry with happiness... So for me the whole affair is quite magical.

Wishing you the world of luck with ur mating ;]

PS: I have not mated any tarantulas, played host to a few and witnessed more than i care to count.

Experience is a wonderful thing. It enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.
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6 years 11 months ago #10736 by Danny
Strangely, I think this is one of the few spiders always called by it's species name, probably due to it's reputation as something special. BUT, what is its official common name?

I have read up and found:
Socotra Island Blue Baboon
Socotra Blue baboon
and simply the Blue Baboon tarantula.

What is the more commonly used name IYO's?

HS

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6 years 11 months ago #10743 by Fuzzy Bear
Cry with joy, cry out of disappointment like this morning, no matter how you look at it, months of dedication will produce any one of these.

I must confess a serious obsession with these spiders. They are not cheap, but nor is a blue white diamond.

The most common name is simply "Balfouri", just as is "Lady Di".

Sokotra Island Baboon rings a bell, but I think Balfouri says it all.

As an illustration of my total and utter passion for these Baboons, we have a Timney Grey Parrot, about 10 weeks old. The ONLY word it is currently learning is... BALFOURI... We will move on to other scientific names later... :P

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