Note: Unfortunately, Dr. Sam Marshall of
Northwestern State University, Louisiana and author of Barron's
Tarantulas and other Arachnids has been forced to
cancel his lecture at ArachnoCon 2007. He learned only recently
that he would be scheduled to teach a summer session biology
course at his university and regrets that he has had to cancel.
Although time is short, we hope to find a replacement and
will announce any developments here. In the meantime, we are
happy to announce that we have added two Q&A [question
and answer] expert panels and one additional guest lecture.
W. David Sissom
West Texas A&M University
Systematics, Natural History and Ecology
of North American Scorpions
Dr. Sissom's research interests lie in systematics,
natural history, and ecology of North American scorpions,
particularly the Vaejovidae. He has also published taxonomic
papers on scorpions in the Caribbean region, southwestern
Asia, and the Middle East. Additional research interests include
the systematics of other arachnid groups, and he has published
several taxonomic papers on Araneae, Schizomida, Opiliones,
and Amblypygi. He serves as Curator of the Invertebrate Collection
at WTAMU and has been involved in studies of invertebrate
biodiversity at several locations in northern Texas.
American Museum of Natural History
Jeremy will be giving two presentations:
An Introduction to the Whipscorpions (Thelyphonida: Arachnida)
An Overview of the Scorpion Systematics
Lab at the American Museum of Natural History
2007 GUEST LECTURERS
Dr. Sherberger is a retired entomologist with
a strong interest in spiders, tarantulas included. He is a
long-time member of both the American Tarantula Society (and
an associate editor for the past 15 years+) and the British
Fred has sexed hundreds of tarantula molts for people throughout
the US, and can often sex molts from tarantulas as small as
1⁄2 inch body length. His illustrated “Sexing
Tarantulas” presentation will make note of external
secondary sex differences (e.g. body coloration and conformation,
epiandrous glands, epigynal area, and tibial apophyses) of
larger specimens, and show his techniques for sexing small
molts using a dissecting microscope.
Non-theraphosid Mygalomorphs & True
Spiders in Arachnoculture
Arachnoculturist and importer Frank Somma will give an overview of spiders in the hobby other than tarantulas. Mygalomorphs such as trapdoor and funnelweb spiders and true spiders such as widows, wandering spiders and more will be discussed.
tarantulas.com & Northwest Zoological, Seattle
Cyriopagopus sp. 'Blue' in the Wild with an Overview of the Exotic Animal Trade in Malaysia
Dan and NW Zoological/tarantulas.com owner Alex Orleans recently visited Malaysia and, among other things, observed Cyripagopus sp. 'Blue' in the wild. Dan will be sharing their experiences with us.
Savage Digital, Oklahoma City
2007 Q & A PANELS
TARANTULA CARE & BREEDING
This is an excellent opportunity to pick the brains of leading tarantula specialists in a public forum. Questions regarding captive husbandry and breeding as well as any other aspect of the tarantula hobby can be posed to our panel of four highly experienced tarantula keepers.
- Michael Jacobi [moderator] — A specialist in arboreal
tarantulas, MJ has over 30 years experience keeping tarantulas
and a couple decades experience as an exotic animal dealer
and breeder. He recently closed "Michael Jacobi's Spider
Shoppe" to devote all of his time to education, publishing
and travel for field research. He is the publisher of ARACHNOCULTURE
magazine and creator of the Tarantulas in the Terrarium
- Frank Somma — With a couple of decades experience
with tarantulas and other invertebrates, Frank has not only
a wealth of knowledge regarding the care and breeding of
tarantulas, but also is responsible for importing from Europe
many of the species that our hobby now enjoys.
- Bill Korinek — Along with his business partner Bruce
Effenheim, Bill is one of the most successful and consistent
breeders the US tarantula hobby has seen in recent years.
Although he is known as a specialist in the big South American
theraphosines, Bill has bred a wide variety of tarantula
species. Bill was a guest lecturer at last year's debut
ArachnoCon. Together, Bill and Bruce run Theraphosid Breeding
Project and are dedicated to captive propagation.
- Eric Reynolds — In the past couple of years Eric
has become one of the most successful breeders in the US
and has produced a wide range of tarantulas, from New World
to Old World and arboreal to terrestrial.
INTRODUCTION TO THE TARANTULA HOBBY
Prior to the beginning of Friday's lectures, we will hold a short Q&A session designed for parents, children and beginning tarantula keepers. Hosted by Michael Jacobi and Bill Korinek, this discussion group will give those new to the hobby a chance to acquire a great deal of background information that not only will make for greater enjoyment of the hobby, but also augment the weekend's experience and inform any purchasing decisions during Saturday's ArachnoExpo.
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