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African Horned Baboon Spider

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by Belarius, Mar 13, 2005.

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    All you experts probably already heard of Ceratogyrus bechuanicus, Ceratogyrus marshalli, or Ceratogyrus Darlingi, but I am fairly new to the hobby and I am sure other new members would like to check it out. When i saw it, I thought it was sooo beautiful. The horn looks awesome! I know its an old world T and is supposed to be aggressive, but then again, so is my OBT, and so far so good :)

    At first I thought it may be a joke, but then I found them for sale on http://www.southernspiderworks.com/Spiders.php

    Man! Now I have to buy one of these :drool: :)

  2. BlkCat

    BlkCat Arachnoprince Old Timer

    I have a C. bechuanicus coming soon! I am very excited.
  3. Does the horn do anything special for the T?
  4. There are several theories to what the spider uses the horn for, and the most likely is what the canadian arachnologist Rick C. West writes:

    "Back in mid-1986, I did a preliminary study of the 'foveal horn' from dissected Ceratogyrus spp. The results of this investigation were published in both the South African Spider Club Newsletter 2/3 and later in the British Tarantula Society Journal. Basically, I surmised that the foveal horn evolved to serve two functions; 1) it provided an increased surface area for the attachment of the dorsal dilator muscle (a powerful muscle attached to the top of the 'sucking stomach) which aids in drawing in liquified nutrients at a faster rate (sort of an eat and hide) and 2) it provided and increases area for the midgut diverticula to expand into during times of engourgement of nutrients or water .... basically allowed for more nutrient storage .... possibly aiding in it's adaptability to survive longer periods of drought in more arid regions."


    Ooh, check it out! http://homepage.ntlworld.com/the.tarantula.store/carapace-Ceratogyrus.htm

    I just ordered a Ceratogyrus darlingi from Krazy 8s :D
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2005
  5. The Juice

    The Juice Arachnoangel Old Timer

    I bought a C.bechuanicus about a month ago, and it has quickly become one of my favorite T's. I would look around for the best price if you are buying online. I have noticed a big price difference between dealers. Which species do you want to get? I'm thinking about getting a C.Marshalli soon.
  6. Schlyne

    Schlyne Arachnoangel Old Timer

    I've seen the Ceratogyrus considered to be a good beginner OW species. I think people have usually been recommending C marshali. I have marshali and bechuanicus....someday I'll get more :p
  7. cryptly

    cryptly Arachnobaron

    C. marshalli is on my list of must gets. :D Along with C. brachycephalus. From what I've read they're great webbers and grow fairly quick. I'll probably order mine in a few months. Really looking forward to finally adding an OW T to my collection. {D
  8. common spider

    common spider Arachnobaron Old Timer

    I have a female Ceratogyrus marshalli and she is mean as hell and will hiss at ya if you even look at her wrong but she is quite the looker a must for any T collector in my book.
  9. shogun804

    shogun804 Arachnogeneral Old Timer

    i keep C brachycephalus and it is such and awsome T the colors are stunning. the T itself is awsome to watch it digs and webs out some of the coolest looking burrows ive seen
  10. BlkCat

    BlkCat Arachnoprince Old Timer

    I just think u got a bunch of heck yeahs!!! on the Ceratogyrus species. Which one are u thinking of aquireing?
  11. FRAZE01

    FRAZE01 Arachnoknight Old Timer

    Now you are going to make me want another on my list
  12. BlkCat

    BlkCat Arachnoprince Old Timer

    Its inevadable if u are an active member of these boards. ;P
  13. I ordered a Ceratogyrus darlingi from Krazy 8s. And I definitely know what you mean BlkCat, I am pretty new here and I am already going Tarantula crazy. I started with my OBT, now I got an A. geniculata and a B. smithi (both slings). And the new guy should arrive within a week ;P