Brasil – colorful arboreals
“Iridopelma seladonium” – or better Typhochlaena seladonium how the species is called now (Bertani 2013 et. al) – is probably the first species which comes to mind when tarantula enthusiast think about brasil. And this was our goal aswell, as we decided to take off to our first tarantula expedition in 2009 to the atlantic coast in Brasil. Three weeks we spent in this beautiful country and were able to see some amazing wildlife and scenery, but also great people and huge cities.
After almost three weeks of searching without any success for arboreal species, such as in that time the newly described Avicularia diversipes, gamba & sooretama, we were lucky enough to spot some Iridopelma hirsutum with unusual opisthosoma pattern. We honestly thought about this is a new species, but as we know today, the pattern is extremely variable. We spotted adult females and males in a green area right in the city of Joao Pessao. It’s kind of a zoo, but with a lot vegetation in the park so the locals can relax in a green place in this mega city. All specimens were found on Heliconia sp. leafes, which often were silked together to a tube. This is a typical behavior of this and other Aviculariinae living in Brasil and neighbor countries. A very defensive but beautiful colored arboreal tarantula, that’s the short description of this species.
Another spider we could take pictures of was from a species named “Iridopelma seladonium” , thats what we thought at first glance. But after we read the Revision from Bertani (see up) it’s 100% that we photographed a species called Typhochlaena curumim. A very small but beautiful colored arboreal species with an extremely limited habitat according to it’s description. We really hope the deforestation of the remaining atlantic rainforest stops, otherwise a lot of species we probably never saw will go extinct.
Here you’ll find a video of Typhochlaena seladonia in the wild. Remarkable footage, only available on this page.
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