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Sun 22, Dec, 2013
Panama – Up in the mountains

We spent a couple of days in the mountainous area up to 1650 meters above sea level, just on our way to the Caribbean side of Panama. The climate in this high altitude was pretty different, much colder but a lot wetter than the pacific coast. We stayed for a few days in a nicely build and remote Hostel in this forest area, the up steep was pretty difficult with all the luggage but definitely worth it. The vegetation was so pretty, dense and just green – a really nice piece of primary rainforest here in Panama. During the day […]

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Tue 17, Dec, 2013
Nicaragua – big blue Spider

Nicaragua – mostly known for the country on the boarder to the well traveled Costa Rica. Surprisingly many people asked me “Where exactly in Africa is this country?”. I lived in Nicaragua for about 3 months to learn spanish and study the theraphosid fauna of this country together with the local MARENA (Forestry and Wildlife Institute) and the OUMNH (Oxford University Museum of National History). The project is supervised by Dr. Stuart Longhorn Enough said, this article is all about one of the biggest spiders living in Nicaragua. And it’s not just big, it’s blue aswell. But to be fair […]

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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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Tue 01, Oct, 2013
Panama – Land of Giants

Sericopelma – that’s the genus of the big black or brown hairy spiders called you will find all over Panama, mostly in roadside embankments but as well on one of the locals bean field. In this post we proudly present you some of the nicest Sericopelma species we found during our two week stay. The coloration variety is big but so far we did not managed to determine the spiders to species level, which means we just call them Sericopelma sp. “location”. Enjoy the pictures!

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Tue 01, Oct, 2013
Nicaragua – Orange beauty and brown bitey spiders

We spent couple of days near the lake Managua in search for the juwel of this beautiful country. Davus ruficeps (ex. Metriopelma zebratum is the name of this little but extremely colorful dwarf tarantula. This species builds burrow underneath rocks and rotten logs. The burrows are usually completely covered with silk, but sadly not a the main entrance. This species is hard to find, as habitat destruction is a big problem within Nicaragua (and the whole world of course…). We found Davus ruficeps only in primary forest in a good ecosystem with less population. In the future we will see how big the […]

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Mon 30, Sep, 2013
Typhochlaena curumim Bertani, 2012
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 […]

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