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    Sex ratios needed to maintain a colony

    I'll yank almost every male if I have something to feed them to.
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    Can Therea hybridize?

    i would be surprised (mildly) if the different Therea did not breed readily together.
  3. I've never kept this species and was curious if there was anything unique about their husbandry. Also, looking for a few good pics.
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    Corydidarum pygmaea survival rates?

    The males live a month and mature faster so you'd have to buy a baby male and half grown female. You'd be far better off ordering an adult female and hoping she has babies (they are fertile a good year after mating). They usually have a good survival rate for an experienced keeper.
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    New

    I'm going to move this over to the introductions section, hopefully you can all find it.
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    ACS Publication 2 available now.

    Do you have paypal? http://www.angelfire.com/oh3/elytraandantenna/
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    Another call for cockroach articles

    Put something together and submit it. The ACS pubs are around forty pages and it may be quite some time. You can e-mail your draft to elytraandantenna@lycos.com
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    Another call for cockroach articles

    There's more than you realize you could write about your experiences with a particular species or genus. Need a few article ASAP for ACS publication.
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    Bought deformed nymph

    They can recover from deformities so it can be difficult to tell if one is or was doomed, especially from photographs where you cannot see much.
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    Simandoa conserfariam

    http://www.biodiversidadvirtual.org/insectarium/data/media/35973/Porcellio-expansus-a-confirmar-427976.jpg
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    Thoughts on "The Complete Cockroach Breeding Manual"?

    I see it has a number of pages loaded for preview on Amazon. I'm looking them over right now. I find the terms micro flies and dusting in the vocabulary silly. Read the definition for abdomen and check for legs on your cockroach abdomen. If you don't see my posts again you'll know I died laughing. One thing I know people will like is the detailed explanations of how to cut holes along with page after page after page of photos of how to build a single cage. I've had bad reviews because there are people who think that is a necessary part of a husbandry guide. The feeding port seems like a novel idea for a roach cage (like the feeding port for mantis cages that has been in rearing manuals since at least 2001) but since the dog food isn't going to climb back out it seems like it would create more work than usefulness. The text is more informative than the husbandry chapter in the Rentz book. There is no literature cited but citations for websites the text was taken from are throughout the chapters.
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    Simandoa conserfariam

    Same isos doing well but no luck on getting the cool new ones I see pictured from time to time.
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    Simandoa conserfariam

    I'm going to have to start feeding them to things.
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    Mealworms eat Polystyrene?

    It seems unbelievable. Imagine if I could put some styrofoam in my mealworm culture and not have to worry about mites and moisture levels. And yet, other beetle larvae I have refuse to eat (let alone digest) the small pieces of sytrofoam that end up in collected leaves. I'm going to put my mealworm culture next to my cold fusion generator.
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    'Giant' hissers?

    Can you get a picture of that on a ruler?
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    Periplaneta Orientalis?

    They were all originally Blatta and then some were moved to Periplaneta. That was probably a mistake rather than a wholesale revision.
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    Euthlastoblatta gemma

    Any luck?
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    cf. Neostylopyga propinqua?

    By the definition you provided the cf. should precede the specific rather than the generic. I have seen the erroneous use pop up in different forums (one of the first by sellers trying to pass off totally unrelated Scolopendra as Scolopendra cf. giganteus which adds $300-400 to the value) but you are the first I've seen put it in front of the genus.
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    cf. Neostylopyga propinqua?

    I think you are missing what the definition you chose says. You are certainly missing its historic usage; cf. is almost certain or close to, not 'shot in the dark'. This new usage is a recent hobbyist fad and maybe it will change the actual meaning with time, but the old ? or ".." worked just as well and didn't trick the newbie into thinking it was a real identification.That being said I would be very excited to see a good name on the African bullet (and that sounds like a cool name with a cool relative) but I have no data to suggest it is even in the genus Neostylopyga. Do you know of any papers supporting this guess?
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    cf. Neostylopyga propinqua?

    cf. means confer and is used when the taxonomy is in question. It does not mean you do not know the identity and are making an unsupported guess.
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    How to identify cockroaches

    Forum photos are usually posted on external image hosting sites because forums have limited space. When I post a photo I try to make it small and post it directly to the page. Here is an adult male hybrid of a tiger hisser and normal G. portentosa hisser 2007.
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    How to identify cockroaches

    You identified specimens I mailed you a while back and specimens from those stocks have hybridized in captivity. I documented hybrids of so-called princisia black and white with G. portentosa with photographs ten years ago in an article and I have been trying to make people aware of the importance of keeping stocks apart. I was given a mixed hybrid culture of G. oblongonota and so-called princisia big some years back. The G. oblongonota were identified by you and I'm sure you are familiar with the princisia big. I destroyed the portentosa/black and white hybrids but kept the oblongonota/princisia which is interesting in the moderation of the pronotum formation after a few generations (the shape looks more like G. portentosa than either of the founding 'species'). I'd be happy to send you some specimens if you like.Unfortunately hybridizing these takes zero effort and is more difficult to prevent than to do. Young hissers often end up in the wrong cages even for keepers who consciously try to keep them apart. I've seen colonies with obvious hybrids over the last ten years from different hobbyists who did not notice one had gotten in the wrong cage. I understand your hesitation with the state of identification of these species but some of these strains have unique phenotypes that are not followed by the hybrids. Obviously offspring of G. portentosa and princisia black would be difficult to differentiate since they aren't really a different animal (and princisia black are also often called grandidieri black).
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    g. oblongonota growth rate and care?

    Make sure you do not put them in with any other hissers since they will interbreed with other Gromphadorhina and "princisia". I don't think there are any specific care sheets for this species since it is no different from normal hissers, you'd find bigger differences between keepers and cages.
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    How to identify cockroaches

    Don't you think the fact Gromphadorhina portentosa, Gromphadorhina oblongonota, and so-called Princisia varieties readily hybridize in captivity is a bigger barrier to identification of these from captive specimens? I wonder if there will be anything pure left in a decade.Nice to see you on the forum.
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    Breeding hissers; is vaseline necessary?

    1st instar hissers are escape artists. I don't think you'd notice the petroleum jelly barrier much until it gets dirty.
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