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Fri 07, Aug, 2020
Xenesthis sp. White – Colombian Lesserblack Tarantula

Xenesthis is a tarantula genus primarly inhabiting the forests of Colombia and Venezuela in Southern America. Scientifically speaking, the tarantula genus Xenesthis is in need of a in depth revision covering both already described species such as X. immanis (Ausserer, 1875) and X. intermedia Schiapelli & Gerschman, 1945, but also focusing on apparently new species such as the herein presented X. sp. White. As opposed to the dwarf species of tarantula we found up north – Aguapanela arvi – this one belongs to the bigger tarantulas on the planet. On our trip to Colombia a few years back we were able to […]

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Fri 05, Sep, 2014
Colombia – Yellow unknown dwarf theraphosidae

Colombia seems to be a good place for new, unidentified tarantula species! Reto found another small specimen on his trip, a dwarf species with yellowish hair all over their body. After a little search underneath the dense vegetation on a roadside embarkement, he was able to spot several burrows of this beautiful species. There was no patch of urticating hairs visible on it’s opisthosoma, so it’s not clear to which subfamily this species belongs to. Due the lack of collecting permits he was not able to take any specimens for further investigation. The females found were all around 2,5cm bodylenght, so […]

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Fri 05, Sep, 2014
Colombia – Beautiful yellow & blue Pseudhapalopus tarantula

This time, Reto found a beautiful colored theraphosid species in the state of Boyaca, Colombia. This species was easily spottable during the night hikes along the street. Due the fact they were really hungry, Reto was able to tickle all of them out for a little photoshoot. The blue spot on it’s opisthosoma is remarkable, even though it has been seen on a similar species, called Pseudhapalopus sp. blue occuring in Colombia aswell. This species has a prominent yellow carpax, but apart of that it looks pretty similar to the Pseudhapalopus already known. We therefore think this might be a […]

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