Cyriopagopus sp. "Sulawesi Black"
 

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Cyriopagopus sp. "Sulawesi Black"

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Cyriopagopus sp. "Sulawesi Black". Large adult female, Sulawesi.

Cyriopagopus sp. "Sulawesi Black", should rather be called "Sulawesi Grey Velvet" as it has a vibrant grey velvety appearance when freshly molted. It is a large arboreal tarantula nesting in the subfamily Ornithoctoninae. With its uniform grey colouration and velvety appearance it's a different Cyriopagopus species for sure.

Cyriopagopus sp. "Sulawesi Black". Large adult female, Sulawesi.

Size:
This is a very large spider with a leg span of 25 cm. and a carapace lenght above 3 cm.

Cyriopagopus sp. "Sulawesi Black". Large adult female, Sulawesi.

Sexual dimorphism: 
There is a distinct difference between the two sexes as the male is greyish green with faint pale leg striation. The male is distinct in lacking the tibial apophysis found in most other ornithoctonine genera. This should place this species by default in the genus Phormingochilus. Subadult males can be easily sexed by the epigynal fusillae method.
Contrary to Cyriopagopus schioedtei, this species is difficult to sex by colouration in juveniles and subadults. Before sexual maturity both sexes will be a uniform black.


Cyriopagopus sp. "Sulawesi Black". Adult male, Sulawesi.

Distribution:
Northern Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Habitat:
Primary lowland monsoon forest where it lives in hollow trees. Adult females are almost entirely found in large mature trees, but younger animals can be found behind loose bark.

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 Manado:


Breeding:
Best time for mating is in spring/summer. 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 fall. 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 1 year.

Cyriopagopus sp. "Sulawesi Black". Young adult female, Sulawesi.