Thailand – Ornithoctonus species in South Thailand
Reto Ehrler visited the Khao Sok Nationalpark in southern Thailand for one week. During his daily walks through the rainforest, he managed to find several specimens of a Ornithoctonus species. He was able to find over 20 burrows in the road embarkements of the trail. As he was in a nationalpark, he had no chance to digg a specimen out. It’s prohibited and the rangers were very strict about it. Some of the specimens dug their burrow through big leafes, so their entrance was in the middle of that big leaf. The burrows are nicely camouflaged and might be a bit better covered in case of heavy rain.
The specimen found in this nationalpark do resemble the Ornithoctonus aureotibialis von Wirth & Striffler, 2005, a lot. Due to the enormous diversity in this part of the world, it really could be a new or other species which is closely to the one mentioned above. Because of the restriction of the nationalpark, Reto was not allowed to collect any specimens for further research.[/half] [halflast] This species is really shy. It was really hard to take decent pictures of the spiders. Even with the tickling method the spiders just came up to the entrance and then disappeared again.
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