Lampropelma nigerrimum

Simon, 1892 

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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Lampropelma nigerrimum, adult female. Sangihe Island, Indonesia.
Foto: Jean Michel Verdez
 

Lampropelma nigerrimum is a medium sized uniform black arboreal tarantula from the subfamily Ornithoctoninae. Differing from the other Lampropelma species in having  short and robust legs and very dense femoral fringes, as well as an apparent lack of tiger pattern on the abdomen in adult females. All in all creating the appearance of a stout jet black fuzzy spider.

Size:
This is a large spider with a leg span of about 16 cm. and a carapace length of about 2 cm. 

  Lampropelma nigerrimum, adult male. Sangihe Island, Indonesia.
Foto: Jean Michel Verdez

Sexual dimorphism: 
There is a distinct difference between the two sexes as the male is ash coloured with faint yellow leg striation. The male has a curved tibial apophysis and relatively short and stout legs, with a curly and fuzzy setation. 

Subadult males can be easily sexed by the epigynal fusillae method.

Distribution:
Only known from one locality on the small indonesian island Sangihe. Presumed extinct, but rediscovered in november 2007 by Jean Michel Verdez and Christophe Bauduin.

Habitat:
Data is limited, but presumed to be as other arboreal ornithoctonines. 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.

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 26 celcius degrees with a drop to 20-22 at night. The annual climatic fluctuations follows that of Manado:

Breeding:
Data is limited, but interpolating climate data and general behaviour of closely related species we can assume the following.
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:
If the spiderlings of this species is growing like the Lampropelma sp. "Borneo Black" then the slings are fast growing, maturing in less than 2 years.