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Arenivaga sp. "Rio Rico"


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Nice, these look a little bigger than the other Arenivaga sp you caught, wonder what species they'll turn out to be. :)

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IMO a lot of Arenivaga species can not be told apart just by their appearance cause not only are they highly variable but there also seems to be sibling species among them too

Exactly, that's what makes them so hard to identify. Range can be a good way to identify in some cases but in many areas several species coexist, so really genital dissection is the only way to identify most species. This male does look like A.investigata males I've seen but it could easily be something else.

Hopefully once your colony is established you will be able to spare some male specimens for genital dissection to ID them properly. :)

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Exactly, that's what makes them so hard to identify. Range can be a good way to identify in some cases but in many areas several species coexist, so really genital dissection is the only way to identify most species. This male does look like A.investigata males I've seen but it could easily be something else.

Hopefully once your colony is established you will be able to spare some male specimens for genital dissection to ID them properly. :)

Yep. That's why I don't even try IDing them to species level

Hopefully that'll happen

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