'She' continued to put weight on, widened & deepend her burrow & then spun herself shut in what appeared to be preparation for creating an egg sac. Some months later she emerged to have a lengthy drink & returned to her burrow. I was later disappointed to discover her on her back in pre-shed.
Well, the spider finished it's shed & is definitely a mature male with palpal bulbs! To all intents & purposes, it appears this spider has changed sex!? Has ANYONE run into this before? I know it could just as easily be that the spider was male all along & despite careful sexing following what must have appeared to be a maturing shed it was never anything else.
But then why would the breeding attempt go so 'succesfully'? Please, share your thoughts.
I have actually read that article quite some time ago & it was where I learned to sex tarantulas by epiandrous fusillae! Thank you for the post, I appreciate the assistance. I still have both living specimens, both 'maturing' exuviae & the video evidence of the 'breeding' but sadly no further along in understanding what has actually happened here & whether this has ever been documented...