Cyriopagopus schioedtei

(Thorell, 1891)

ASIAN ARBOREALS 

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Cyriopagopus schioedtei

Cyriopagopus sp. "Sulawesi Black"

Cyriopagopus sp. "Sumatran Tiger"

Lampropelma nigerrimum

Lampropelma sp. "Borneo Black"

Lampropelma violaceopes

Ornithoctoninae G. sp. "Haplopelma robustum"

Ornithoctoninae G. sp. "Orange Fringed"  

Phormingochilus everetti

Poecilotheria metallica

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Cyriopagopus schioedtei (Thorell, 1891). Fully mature female. 

Cyriopagopus schioedtei (Thorell, 1891) is a large and colourful arboreal tarantula from the subfamily Ornithoctoninae. One of our all time favorites this is definetively one species to have in any serious collection with it's vibrant green carapace and black legs with long red hairs and the trademark tiger stripes on the abdomen.

Size:
This is a very large spider with a leg span of 22 cm. and a carapace lenght above 3 cm.

Sexual dimorphism: 
There is a distinct difference between the two sexes as the male is olive green with faint yellow leg striation. The male has a blunt tibial apophysis and long slender legs. Subadult males can be easily sexed by the epigynal fusillae method, as well as turning greener and greener for each molt until maturity. This is especially easy to see by the ventral colouration as subadult males are green and subadult females are black.

Cyriopagopus schioedtei (Thorell, 1891). Young adult female.

Distribution:
The northern states and the off coast islands of Langkawi and Penang of Peninsular Malaysia.

Typical habitat of Cyriopagopus schioedtei (Thorell, 1891); foothill monsoon rainforest.

Habitat:
Primary lowland and foothill monsoon forest where it lives in hollow trees many meters up. Adult females are almost entirely found in large mature trees, but younger animals can be found behind loose bark, in rock crevices and in man made structures like bridges and board walks.

Cyriopagopus schioedtei (Thorell, 1891). Young adult female.

Care:
Should be offered a hide-away consisting of a hollow log or cork bark tube fitted with an entrance hole. Also important is to fill the hide-away approximately halfway up with loose substrate, which the spider will incorporate with silk to make a snug home. The surrounding substrate should be 5-10 cm. deep and should be kept moist. Day temperatures should be in the range of 25-28 celcius degrees with a drop to 20-22 at night. The annual climatic fluctuations follows that of Penang:

Breeding:
Best time for mating is in the fall. It is common that the female eat or destroy the male after mating and this is usually a sign of a succesful mating. After mating the cage should be dried out for a few months followed by a flooding which usually induces egg laying - usually in the spring. The egg sac will hatch after 2-3 months and contains between 100-150 spiderlings.

Growth:
The spiderlings of this species is growing medium-fast, maturing in approximately 2 years.

Cyriopagopus schioedtei (Thorell, 1891).  Mature female in well planted vivarium.