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    Thread: Ventral sexing a sling via microscope.

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      Ventral sexing a sling via microscope.

      After doing quite a bit of reading on identifying a male/female T ventrally, and then reading about people who can take pocket microscopes and even identify slings successfully, I went out and grabbed a (cheapy) pocket microscope for myself. It's 45x with a built in LED, and the thing seems to work pretty well if you're extremely close to what you're looking at. So after playing with it for a while I figure it's time to give it a test-run. I put my 1.5 inch Euathlus sp. red sling, Spark, into a clear Sling cup and went to work.... at least I WOULD have, but she wouldn't hold still! That little spider slowly trotted along the cup as if out for a walk in the woods and explored top, bottom, everything. To make matters worse, when she'd stop and I'd try to get the thing focused I had to crush in the sides of the cup just slightly under her, which instantly prompted her to start moving again.

      ....in my uneducated opinion, the glimpses that I DID catch look female, which everyone seems to support after looking at her (kinda' blury) ventral shot. I'm happy enough with that for now, but this has me wondering;

      How the heck am I supposed to use this to examine slings?! Here's what I'm using:

      https://www.google.com/search?q=45x+...hKBHYQ_AUIBygC

      ...yes, pretty much every image on Google related to 45x pocket microscope pulls this thing up. But anyway; I'm planning on going to the Indianapolis reptile show on the 26th and I hope to bring home a female sling and intended to use this to up my odds a bit. But how the heck am I supposed to get an up-close ventral view? Has anyone here gone this route before?
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      I believe they use them to sex the tiny molts not the live spider

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      You can put the spiderling in a plastic petri dish, with lid, and view the ventral side by holding it over your head.

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      Scoolman is a super genius! I use one of these a 30x and a 60x lighted (each side has its own LED) off Amazingzon for under $4 to your door but takes a few weeks...I've been able to sex 1.5" slings 3 out of 4 correctly.
      T. stirmi 0.3.18, T. apophysis 6.5" 0.1.0
      N. chromatus 0.1.0, N. coloratovillosus 0.2.0
      G. pulchripes 0.1.0, A. geniculata 0.2.0
      P. regalis 0.2.0, Chilobrachy sai yok 0.1.0, Gorgyrella sp. black Africa 0.1.0
      L. parahybana 0.1.0, L. striatipes 0.2.0, L. klugi 0.1.0, Pamphobeteus sp. Santo Domingo 0.1.0
      Acanthogonatus pi ss ii 0.2.0, Acanthogonatus francki 0.2.0, 1-Linothele fallax 0.1.0, A. vilches 0.1.0, Diplura sp. Sanguinea 1/2"

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