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Thu 19, Oct, 2017
Ecuador – Avicularia hirschii found in a special retreat!

Adult male in search of females Our team was lucky enough to find this elusive species of the genus Avicularia two times on our trip through Ecuador. First encounter was a mature male wandering the tree trunks at night. Without further webbing found, this male was actively searching for females to mate. Avicularia hirschii vs. Avicularia lynnae Avicularia hirschii is easily recognizable by its black stripe along its opisthsoma in juvenile specimens and adult males and females. With the newly described Avicularia lynnae, things are getting a little bit more complicated regarding this unique optical feature of the species of […]

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Fri 13, Oct, 2017
Ecuador – Tarantula Diversity at its finest! Acanthoscurria sp. in the Amazon

Wandering through lush jungle, hiking up mountains 4000 meters above sea level – all this within two weeks of time during a dedicated fieldtrip to the north western south american country, Ecuador. The beauty of its landscape and the friendliness of its people is so far one of highlights of all time. At this point, we do not want to tell how many tarantula species we have encountered during the trip, but I can tell you – it was a awful lot.   Acanthoscurria is in need of a revision The first blogpost of the series we want to start with […]

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