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  2. Arthroverts

    Armadillidium hybrids

    Wow, this is really good to know. Keep us updated, looking forward to seeing how this ends up. Thanks for sharing, Arthroverts
  3. Cariblatta lutea

    Choctella cumminsi

    I was lucky enough to see hundreds of these on a hike. Interestingly, only 6 of the ones I saw were females.
  4. Last week
  5. Rebecca77

    Macropanesthia rhinoceros seem inactive

    Update! I pared down the substrate last night and both roaches took a tour of their enclosure. One has been burrowed all night from what I can tell while the other has been exploring, eating, and burrowing in various locations. The most interesting thing is that both roaches are typically very shy and hide when they see me. The more active roach doesn't seem to mind me at all anymore and even crawled onto my hand when I was modifying their enclosure. They appear to have grown some since I saw them last. Such fascinating creatures!
  6. Allpet Roaches

    Armadillidium hybrids

    If you saw some of these you'd be 100% sure.
  7. Rebecca77

    Macropanesthia rhinoceros seem inactive

    Thanks for your response! I did see some posts on here regarding molting issues in captivity, so I really appreciate you addressing that point.
  8. Hisserdude

    Armadillidium hybrids

    Yeah I saw that, didn't think much of it though since those two species seemed quite different and I have yet to see anyone else report hybridization...
  9. Hisserdude

    Macropanesthia rhinoceros seem inactive

    Well first off, unless the soil is incredibly stable, I'd make it far more shallow, these roaches live in deep, almost cavernous burrows in stable soil in the wild, and thus never have to molt covered with substrate like "substrate swimming" burrowers do... If they have substrate covering them in captivity while they molt, this often leads to fatal mismolts, thus a lot of people recommend only using a CM or so of substrate for nymphs, basically making the enclosure mimic one of their burrow chambers. Secondly, these roaches aren't all that active normally, and given the fact their growth slows down as they get older, I'd say the behavior you're seeing is normal.
  10. Hello, I have two Macropanesthia rhinoceros nymphs that are approximately seven months old. Over the past couple of months, it would appear that they are becoming less active. I seldom see them at night and their leaves are not being disturbed on the surface. Previously, they would take bites out of their leaves or transport small pieces underground. I am able to view them by peering through the glass underneath their enclosure and they are alive, but not coming to the surface to eat. Has anyone else experienced this? Their enclosure is a ten gallon fish tank with 4" of substrate (organic potting soil, sand, coir mix). I water the center portion to give them options for dampness. They are third generation raised on oak leaves. They are indoors and the temperature is in the low '70s. There is very little information available on these little guys and I'm hoping to give them long, healthy lives!
  11. Allpet Roaches

    Armadillidium hybrids

    I put a photo of mate guarding between the two species in the Isopod Zoology book but I thought it was all just in fun at that time.
  12. Eh might be a teeny bit edited, but the patterning scheme is what's important, I believe the Roachcrossing picture is more accurate in terms of what they look like in person color wise.
  13. Yeah, you did have that qualifier in there about "commonly traded stock" but they're still really nice. The adult M&F Princisia have the best overall disposition than the G. portentosa and Tigers I received. More active, inquisitive, better appetite, etc. I do think that photo from Poland (?) above looks a little enhanced. Those borders are very intense in color 🤔. Could you post a photo of the pure G. oblongonota I wanna see how they look next to the ones available at theinvertshop.com
  14. Also, little disclaimer, while back in 2017 CCR's stock appeared to be pure, they've evidently since added new blood to their colony, (purposefully to help the colony breed better, or by accident, I'm not sure), as I know someone who bought from them very recently, and not only did the small nymphs they bought have a 100% survival rate, (kinda unusual, but not impossible for pure stock I suppose), but some matured to be a chocolate brown color, others lacked any yellow abdominal margins... So I'd say they're hybrids now.
  15. Hisserdude

    Armadillidium hybrids

    Well keep us posted, will be interesting to see what they turn into!
  16. Well Kyle's pure stock, (which he got directly from DoubleD's), never has the kinds of variations that we see in other stock, which leads me to believe most other stocks that have such variations were hybridized at some point or another. Variability can be a natural feature in wild hissers, but in captivity it's the first sign of hybridization, and not only that, but pure stocks have likely been inadvertently line bred for their colorations over multiple generations... So when there is variability in those stocks nowadays, it's almost certainly a sign of them being mixed with something else. I found someone who has individuals descended from Kyle's stock, who appears to have kept them pure this whole time, coloration appears consistent and they have been pretty finicky compared to his other hissers. I'll be getting some this week, hopefully they are indeed pure and I can measure the consistencies and any normal, subtle variations in pure stock of this species myself. If they are indeed pure I'd be happy to send you some later on when my colony is established, (free of charge), so you can compare to your current stock.
  17. Allpet Roaches

    Armadillidium hybrids

    I may be jumping the gun but the spots on some of the partly grown "klugii" look like short stripes (a line instead of a spot). They are only about 4 mm but I don't remember klugii babies looking like that before.
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  19. Hisserdude

    Armadillidium hybrids

    Oh no not another hybridization epidemic, you know how many people are keeping isopod species of the same genera with each other right now? 😂 I was hoping it was impossible for them to hybridize...
  20. Allpet Roaches

    Armadillidium hybrids

    Now I was thinking that the only Armadillidium I would feel confident keeping together because they seem so different is A. versicolor and A. klugii. There are some odd looking immatures in the enclosure that may prove that theory wrong.
  21. Exactly, so it's likely whoever sold them to you had them housed with something else at one point. As for Cody's weird black individual, he was also very careful about preventing hybridization, and that was one of the individuals that grew up from the nymphs he was sent, (those types of individuals never pop up in pure colonies). Peter Clausen's are also quite variable, definitely hybrids, and I think he said they're from your stock as well. Pure Princisia are supposed to always have the borders, it may be fainter on a few individuals, but every single individual has borders, without exception in pure stock. One of the easiest ways to tell pure stock from impure stock is by looking at how finicky they are, hybrid Princisia are very easy since they've been mixed with one of the easier to breed Gromphadorhina, whereas pure Princisia, (both the pure "Standard" line and the recently imported "Androhamana" strains) are quite finicky, with some young nymph die offs not being uncommon, and females giving birth sporadically to small broods. I believe this is why they've started fizzling out in the hobby, some people's colonies of pure stock don't do so well, and either die out, or they introduce new hybrid bloodlines to keep the colony going.
  22. One thing to remember is if you house adults together for even a few hours you have probably destroyed your lines. Also nymphs can get into the wrong cage and grow up so if something looks off feed it to something before it matures. However, the hybrids have inconsistent color and horn structure among individuals whereas the pure stocks only throw a black or odd specimen on occasion (1% or less). I'm surprised the male in that photo is offspring from this colony since they nearly always have the gold borders. I traded them from someone on this forum a long time ago as Princisia giant but I don't know what they housed them with. My list has explanations: Tiger hissers namesake color, original pure 1996 stockStandard hissers (Gramphodorhina portentosa 1972 pure stock) "Princisia giant" commonly traded stock, adults usually with gold marginsGromphadorhina oblongonota untainted stock
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  24. Jeb

    P. magnifica

    Nope, as I froze the whole substrate before. I'll wait a bit, maybe I expect a more active species and they are just living their discrete life....
  25. Hisserdude

    P. magnifica

    Yeah they definitely like things on the drier side for sure, I don't know why one of the nymphs would die, your setup sounds ideal and mortality rates are supposed to be quite low... There wouldn't happen to be a high amount of large springtails or any isopod species housed with them would there? (as those can stress them out).
  26. Hisserdude

    Roaches Rule! Crickets Are A Gateway Bug!

    Welcome to the forum, hope you enjoy it here!
  27. Is it worth it to separate Dubia mini nymphs to boost colony growth? Are there any other benefits to this?
  28. Jeb

    P. magnifica

    I spray water twice a day with rain water, and keep it humid in some part of the terrarium and dry in other part. They seem to prefer the dry part. In can see some of them through the glass, they stay in the substrate most of the time and don't really move. I saw some eating a bit. But yep, I don't think they are really active or anything and finding a young one dead is not a good sign
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