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Today we visit the march of the long-armed soldier crabs, genus Mictyris. These crabs are endemic to the Indo-West Pacific region and are known for their large congregations. There are two species in toy/figure form. In the front of my image is M. brevidactylus Stimpson, 1858 by Kaiyodo (Capsule Q Museum - Japanese Crabs Collection). In the back, from left to right, are M. longicarpus (Latreille, 1806) by Wing Mau (Aquatic Museum), Cadbury (Yowies - Australian Series), and Epoch, respectively. The large base is made of six pieces from the Wing Mau set.

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Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Spiders (unknown manufacturer)
« Last post by Beetle guy on January 21, 2018, 09:42:30 AM »
Although missing the white bands on the legs, B could be a male Eresus sandaliatus (family Eresidae). Or as the Dutch Vernaculair name goes 'Lentevuurspin" (Spring fire spider). The females of this species are a plain black colour,

The color is similar but it's also got two extra black spots (Eresus spp. have four spots). Besides, it's specifically marked crab spider. It might have been influenced by Eresus from a painter who didn't know better.

Not all Eresus spp. have four spots, less common there are males with six spots. ;)

Website European Insect Survey.
http://www.eis-nederland.nl/beleid/aandachtsoorten/lentevuurspin

Wikipedia
https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lentevuurspin

And a Belgium forum
http://www.bidsprinkhanen.be/viewtopic.php?t=2361
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Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Spiders (unknown manufacturer)
« Last post by bmathison1972 on January 20, 2018, 10:38:00 PM »
Although missing the white bands on the legs, B could be a male Eresus sandaliatus (family Eresidae). Or as the Dutch Vernaculair name goes 'Lentevuurspin" (Spring fire spider). The females of this species are a plain black colour,

The color is similar but it's also got two extra black spots (Eresus spp. have four spots). Besides, it's specifically marked crab spider. It might have been influenced by Eresus from a painter who didn't know better.
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Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Spiders (unknown manufacturer)
« Last post by Beetle guy on January 20, 2018, 06:56:06 PM »
Although missing the white bands on the legs, B could be a male Eresus sandaliatus (family Eresidae). Or as the Dutch Vernaculair name goes 'Lentevuurspin" (Spring fire spider). The females of this species are a plain black colour,
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Other/Miscellaneous / Spiders (unknown manufacturer)
« Last post by bmathison1972 on January 20, 2018, 05:43:58 PM »
In preparation for a comparison topic on small spider figures, I need to do a review of an interesting set of spiders of unknown origin. I have already reviewed the sets by K&M International (http://animaltoyforum.com/index.php?topic=1934.0) and Play Visions (http://animaltoyforum.com/index.php?topic=1935.0) and within the next couple weeks, I plan to do one for the Club Earth Spiders to Go. But for a comparison topic to be complete, we must also visit this intriguing set.

The set, assuming it is complete (my figures are labeled A-L), is clearly influenced by Club Earth and PV. The figures are actually nice, and made of a good quality PVC. They are labeled on the underside with a common name and a letter (A-L), but no company. There are several other sets like this floating around out there, in my collection I have sets of crabs and caterpillars, and I believe there are also tropical fish and birds. I bought my figures individually in large barrels at the gift shop of the Rain Forest Cafe in Tempe AZ, sometime between 2001 and 2005 I believe.

The following figures are listed in alphabetical order of the letter stamped on the bottom. The common name is what is printed on the bottom; the Latin names are of my assigning. I am also listing when these species are included in the aforementioned PV, CE, and K&M sets (only).

A. ‘black’ widow, Lactrodectes mactans
I put ‘black’ in quotation marks because technically this figure is labeled ‘red widow’, as they used the same sculpt as for H, below. They did however stamp it with the letter A rather than H (interesting they made the effort to change the letter but not the spider’s name).
This species shows up in all four sets.



B. crab spider, gen. sp.
I cannot attribute this figure to an exact species based on this color pattern. The Club Earth set did have two crab spiders (see also J, below) but neither were colored like this.



C. purseweb spider, Sphodros rufipes.
This species is also in the Club Earth set.



D. raft spider, Dolomedes plantarius
This species also shows up in the Club Earth set.



E. green lynx spider, Peucetia viridans
This species shows up in the Play Visions set.



F. spitting spider, Scytodes thoracica.
This species shows up in the Club Earth set.



G. Costa Rican zebra tarantula, Aphonopelma seemanni.
This species shows up in the Play Visions set.



H. red widow, Latrodectus bishop
This species shows up in the Club Earth Set.



I. tarantula, gen. sp.
This might represent the Mexican red-kneed tarantula, Brachypelma smithi, which is also in the Play Visions set.



J. crab spider, Thomisus onustus.
This species shows up in the Club Earth set, albeit as the more-familiar pink form (in nature, this species is highly variable, as are many crab spiders). The ‘J’ on the underside is juxtaposed, looking more like a soft ‘L’.
 

K. tarantula, gen. sp.
This figure is very similar to the generic tarantula in the Club Earth set. I do not have a definitive identification, but I am thinking it is an immature greenbottle blue tarantula, Chromopelma cyaneopubescens.



L. tarantula, gen. sp.
This generic ‘tarantula’ is not immediately attributable to any species, nor figures in the other sets.

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Classifieds / still need a few miscellaneous items...
« Last post by bmathison1972 on January 20, 2018, 02:27:40 PM »
Refreshing my interest to see if I can get a couple last few items:

I still need a couple figures to complete a couple sets.

1. PV Ticks, Fleas, and Lice: I still need the pubic louse, Pthirus pubis.

2. Club Earth Spiders to Go: I still need just the black widow

Other things of interest:

3. New Ray scorpion, grasshopper, and hawkmoth caterpillar
4. Safari Smithsonian monarch (adult)

For trade I have:

1. almost all of the PV exotic insects (only missing the leaf insect): http://animaltoyforum.com/index.php?topic=2157.0 [trade does not have to be 1:1; I can let a few of these go for 1 or 2, above]

2. Several Fri Homa Eigelb Figuren: http://animaltoyforum.com/index.php?topic=2137.0 [I can let this whole set go for one or more figures]
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Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Blaine's Sega Beetles
« Last post by Beetle guy on January 19, 2018, 09:25:08 AM »
BTW what you name"small DX" (the A. rosenbergi and G. porterie) belong to the same series as the O. burmeisteri and C. caucasus.  ;)
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Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Bandai tropical fish: characin
« Last post by sbell on January 19, 2018, 01:58:33 AM »
really realy nice models! I think the Japanese fish figurines are te best. Takara just has released a new set of fish, I am sure you willl heve seen. :-)

Actually, I don't think I am familiar with it! I'd be interested in learning more.

this Takara set (all marine) looks like a re-release, but Sean will know for sure:

http://toypara.com/catalog.cgi?products/gasya/zukan/kaisui2008.html

Oh, I have seen that set, I just didn't know it was Takara. Thanks for the info! I only collect the medium-sized clade I study, and none of the living species is marine.

I do know about that series! I only have the cutlassfish...Not sure if they are re-releasing it using the same bases and peg-system (instead of holes, the fish I have is held by a clear 'claw' around the body).

For the most part, I collect freshwater fish, and generally more unusual/primitive ones--but the cutlassfish is unusual enough! I am glad that this one is back out, but I would prefer a new series of new species myself!
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Animal art / Re: Paleo-Creatures.
« Last post by Jetoar on January 19, 2018, 01:06:36 AM »
Hi friends.

I Have had a really busy Christmas because I have been working in a project.



This is a line of figures has been made with the colaboration of the National Museum of National Science and the Regional Archaerologic Museum.

These figures show the most spectacular species from the exhibition "The Hill of Sabertooths" that show the species that were found in the digging site of "Cerro de los Batallones" one of the most importants Miocene sites of the world.

I show the available figures now

Tetralophodon longirostris scale 1:20:  9,84 Inchs / 25 cm.



Machairodus aphanistus  scale 1:20:  4,7 Inchs / 12 cm



Links of the store of the museum.

https://www.losviajerosdeltiempo.com/producto/tetralophodon/

https://www.losviajerosdeltiempo.com/producto/machairodus/

Best wishes.
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Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Bandai tropical fish: characin
« Last post by Halichoeres on January 19, 2018, 12:30:38 AM »
The least interesting part of this set, for me, is the leucistic neon tetra (Paracheirodon innesi). It's one of several captive strains of neon that you can get in the pet trade.



The pigmented eye tells me it's leucistic, although breeders also offer albino neons. Bandai's paint job does a pretty decent job of capturing the pearly sheen of a leucistic individual.



At least the aquarium-gravel base makes more sense for these. This is not a variety found in nature.
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