Brasil – Theraphosinae in backyard
On our trip to the “Mata Antlantica” – Altantica Rainforest – near Salvador de Bahia we were able to find a brown spider in a hostels backyard. Actually it was just about 30min away from the international airport in Salvador, as we head to head back to switzerland in a couple of days. So after 3 weeks of travelling through Brasil, we decided to rest for the last two days in a hostel close to the airport. The german owner showed us his beautiful garden and he also told us that he eventually got tarantulas coming out of the bromeliads which he bought from a local market. The bromeliads are mostly wild plants, illegal collected from trees. It’s well known that several Aviculariinae species inhabiting such plants, best example is Pachistopelma bromelicola.
During our short walks through the backyard of the hostel, we spotted some old logs laying around in some high grass. It was the area of the property which he wanted to keep as wild as possible, so all the snakes will go there instead of being near his hostel. Good idea for sure, even if it’s not always working regarding the Boa constrictor snakes laying pretty often near the pool. Underneath these logs, we were able to spot a small, about 4,5cm bodylenght, sized Therpahosinae species carrying an eggsack. We could not see any burrow or webbing, the spider was just directly underneath this log.
Later on we were able to find a much bigger specimen of the same species, but without eggsack. Because we already found a tiny spiderling – of probably the same species – made us thinking that the big specimen had a eggsack, but the spiderlings already hatched. We think that these specimens could belong to the genus Pseudhapalopus. Aswell as any other identification in Brasil, it’s just based upon coloration and appearance. Below you can see the big specimen with a bodylenght around 6cm and the typical ground structure in this area.
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