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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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Sat 08, Nov, 2014
Thailand – Lonely Chilobrachys sp. Khao Sam Roi Yot

In March 2014, we were able to travel to Thailand for three weeks. On our way from Bangkok to southern Thailand, we stopped near a forest and looked for the typical Chilobrachys burrows in the ground and roadside embarkements. Luckily we spotted one big hole within several minutes. Because it was so easy to find, we thought that there must be more – and so we continued searching in the whole area for other Chilobrachys burrows. After a couple hours of searching, we decided to go back to the first burrow and see whats in there.             […]

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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 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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