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Nephila senegalensis nymph spiderlings -
just arrived in the post.

February 24, 2000
After two years of raising and studying Nephila madagascariensis - with progressively decreasing success - upon the recommendation of various colleagues in the spider field, I have added Nephila senegalensis to my study for The Spider Project with the intention of switching breeds. I am told they are easier to raise because they requirie a less humid atmosphere (50-60%). They are smaller than N. madagascariensis, with proportionally smaller webs, but will hopefully have a higher survival rate to compensate. Even the Cologne aquarium switched, for the same reason. The National Zoo in Washington DC still manages to raise the Madagascar spiders successfully however.
My first observations of the nymphs show them to be more aggressive than their madagascarien cousins, with higher and earlier instances of cannibalism.
Compare to Nephila madagascriensis harchlings>>>


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