Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Calendar
Upcoming Events

Information, insects and people from the 2019 BugGuide Gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa


TaxonomyBrowseInfoImagesLinksBooksData
Photo#341888
Mastigoproctus giganteus mating 1 - Mastigoproctus tohono - male - female

Mastigoproctus giganteus mating 1 - Mastigoproctus tohono - Male Female
Southwest Research Station, Cochise County, Arizona, USA
October 8, 2009
Size: 80mm (not including whip)
M. giganteus mating ritual. Described in Proc. 2003 Invertebrates in Captivity Conf., pp. 73-80. Sonoran Arthropod Studies Institute: Tucson, AZ (2003)by Justin O. Schmidt. Initial "chase and grapple" stage was not observed in these individuals. They went straight to "dancing" stage, as seen here: the male (left) grasps the antenniform legs of the female in his pedipalps, and the tips of those legs (tarsomeres) in his chelicerae. The two engage in a tug-of-war which lasted, in this case, about 5 hours.

Images of this individual: tag all
Mastigoproctus giganteus - Mastigoproctus tohono - female Mastigoproctus giganteus mating 1 - Mastigoproctus tohono - male - female Mastigoproctus giganteus mating 2 - Mastigoproctus tohono - male - female Mastigoproctus giganteus mating 3 - Mastigoproctus tohono - male - female Mastigoproctus giganteus mating 4 - Mastigoproctus tohono - male - female Mastigoproctus giganteus mating 4a - Mastigoproctus tohono - male - female

Moved
Moved from Giant Vinegaroon.

Comment viewing options
Select your preferred way to display the comments and click 'Save settings' to activate your changes.