Ornithoctoninae G. sp. "Haplopelma robustum" 


 

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Ornithoctoninae G. sp. "Haplopelma robustum".
Large adult female. Titiwangsa, Peninsular Malaysia. 

Ornithoctoninae G. sp. "Haplopelma robustum" is a large and colourful fossorial tarantula from the subfamily Ornithoctoninae. One of our all time favorites this is definetively one species to have in any serious collection with its, pale carapace, white banding, purple femurs and tiger striped abdomen.

 Ornithoctoninae G. sp. "Haplopelma robustum".
Large adult female. Titiwangsa, Peninsular Malaysia.

Size:
This is a large spider with a leg span of 18 cm. and a carapace lenght close to 3 cm.

Ornithoctoninae G. sp. "Haplopelma robustum". 
Adult male. Titiwangsa, Peninsular Malaysia.

Sexual dimorphism: 
There is not a particular difference between the two sexes, as the male generally has the same colouration as the female, albeit with a bit darker carapace, more obscure abdominal pattern and with narrower banding on the legs. The male has a blunt tibial apophysis and long slender legs. Subadult males can be easily sexed by the epigynal fusillae method. There is no difference in colouration between both sexes in juveniles and subadults.

Distribution:
The highland of the central Titiwangsa Range of Peninsular Malaysia.

 Ornithoctoninae G. sp. "Haplopelma robustum".
Typical road bank habitat. Titiwangsa, Peninsular Malaysia. 

Habitat:
Primary foothill monsoon forest where it lives in moderately shallow (30-60 cm.) vertical burrows, often with a leaf collar around the entrance.

Ornithoctoninae G. sp. "Haplopelma robustum".
Typical burrow entrance with leaf turret. Titiwangsa, Peninsular Malaysia.

Care:
Should be offered a deep substrate to dig in. The substrate should be kept moist. The temperature should be kept low, around 18-20 degree celcius in the day with a drop to 15 degrees in the night due to the highland nature of this species. The annual climatic fluctuations follows that of Cameron Highlands:

 

Breeding:
Best time for mating is in the early spring. It is common that the female eat or destroy the male after mating and this is usually a sign of a succesful mating, in particular if post coital epigynal rubbing is also observed in the female. 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 about 3 months and contains ca. 50 spiderlings.

Ornithoctoninae G. sp. "Haplopelma robustum".
Adult female at burrow entrance. Titiwangsa, Peninsular Malaysia.

Growth:
The spiderlings of this species is growing medium-fast, maturing in approximately 3 years.

 Ornithoctoninae G. sp. "Haplopelma robustum". Adult female.