Lampropelma sp. "Borneo Black"
 

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Lampropelma nigerrimum

Lampropelma sp. "Borneo Black"

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Lampropelma sp. "Borneo Black", adult female. East Kalimantan.  

 Lampropelma sp. "Borneo Black" is a large black arboreal tarantula from the subfamily Ornithoctoninae. Differing from the typical Cyriopagopus in having robust legs and very dense femoral fringes, as well as a subdued tiger pattern on the abdomen. All in all creating the appearance of a stout jet black fuzzy spider. In filtered daylight it will display deep aubergine coloured tones on the femora. A very nice spider.

Size:
This is a large spider with a leg span of 20+ cm. and a carapace lenght of about 3 cm. 

 Lampropelma sp. "Borneo Black",adult male. East Kalimantan.
Notice the prominent sexual dimorphism.

Sexual dimorphism: 
There is a distinct difference between the two sexes as the male is ash coloured with faint yellow leg striation and tan coloured metatarsi and tarsi. The male has a curved tibial apophysis and long slender legs. 

 Lampropelma sp. "Borneo Black", subadult male. Sabah.
Notice the prominent sexual dimorphism is already apparent.

Subadult males can be easily sexed by the epigynal fusillae method, as well as turning browner and browner for each molt until maturity. Subadult females are black.

Distribution:
Central, South and East Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo and Sabah state in Malaysian Borneo.

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.

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 Balikpapan:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breeding:
Mating can be done year round. It is common that the female eat or destroy the male after mating and this is usually a sign of a succesful mating. There is no special treatment to induce egg-laying. 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.