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Wed 15, Oct, 2014
Argentina – A new species from Salta! Hapalotremus martinorum sp. nov.

In April 2011, Pato Cavallo, Martin Gamache and myself, Martin Hüsser, made a short trip through the north of Argentina. During this trip we were able to find a new species which now is described and got finally a name. Hapalotremus martinorum sp. nov. (Cavallo et al. 2014) is the name of this beautiful terrestrial species which reminds in it’s appereance a bit of a species from the Cyriocosmus sellatus – complex. After a few days in the Yungas and then a few days searching for Grammostola high up in the mountains we decided to set camp for one last time before […]

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Fri 27, Dec, 2013
Argentina – special days in the Yungas

Subtropical, mountainous primary rainforest – that’s what the Argentinians and Bolivians call the Yungas. It’s a special climate zone with a huge biodiversity, nothing I have seen before. It’s get as cold as 8 degree celsius at night but the vegetation looks like tropical rainforest, just slightly different and of course the air is much cooler. There is always the picture in peoples mind about tarantulas only occur in tropical regions, like brazilian rainforest or some deep forest in Thailand, the Yungas showed me that our beloved theraphosid spiders are very adaptable and made it to colder regions on earth […]

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Wed 11, Dec, 2013
Grammostola cf.chalcothrix in Argentina

We found this Grammostola species on our way back from “Los Cardones” NP to Salta Airport. The altitude was about 1500 meters above sea level. Pato discovered an adult female Grammostola chalcothrix of the street while driving the car. He immediatly stopped and we took pictures of the specimen. After we finished photographing, we drove further. Just another few hundreds meter away, an adult male crossed the road. Another photosession started. It was pure luck to find this species, but it came in handy. The adult female had about 5cm bodylenght, the male was a bit smaller. All in all […]

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