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Is this Cyrtopholis Jamaicola or a New Specie?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by Ryan Lincoln, Nov 28, 2018.

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    Hi everyone,

    I was advised to start a new thread on this to get more answers.

    I'm always looking for wildlife to take photos, especially macros for insects. I came across a spider I have never seen before, while hiking in the Blue mountains. So, while on the net doing research to figure out what kind of spider it is, i came across this forum.

    The closest spider this specimen resembles is a tarantula (I am no expert, so forgive me if i am far off). Head to abdomen, it was about 2 inches.
    It was quite docile, as it allowed me to get really close to it without it freaking out.

    So, what specie is this? Could it be a Jamaican Tarantula?

  2. UniqueUserName

    UniqueUserName Arachnopeon

    Your pictures didn’t post.
  3. Greasylake

    Greasylake Arachnoprince

    I can see them just fine. Maybe it's your internet?
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  4. UniqueUserName

    UniqueUserName Arachnopeon

    Hmm, must be. Or maybe because I’m on my phone. It just shows [​IMG]
  5. Sorry you're not able to see them.
  6. KezyGLA

    KezyGLA Arachnoking

    It doesnt look like Theraphosidae to me. Maybe Dipluridae or Nemesiidae. More like Ischnothele. Does it have long spineretts?

    Maybe its just the photos. Do you have any more?
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  7. EtienneN

    EtienneN Arachnonovelist-musician-artist Arachnosupporter

    To me it really looks like some
    type of Mygalomorph spider that’s not a tarantula. But I’m no expert on what arachnids live on the island. I really hope you get an ID on it.
  8. AphonopelmaTX

    AphonopelmaTX Moderator Staff Member

    Using the first picture, I see that this mygale is covered with hair and with scopulae on the entire of metatarsus one and only a quarter scopulate on the distal metatarsus. The only mygale family that has these two characters is the Theraphosidae. Possibly the Barychelidae, but I am unsure at the moment if members of that family have such extensive scopula pads on the tarsus and metatarsus. Also, if the body length is really 2 inches, that would make for a large legspan. Members of the family Barychelidae are small.

    This is one of those situations where a picture ID wouldn't be possible.
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  9. Thank you for your theories so far. This is all so very interesting. I am learning so much.

    I happen to have a few more photos and a video. Most of my photos are blurry as I had put on my macro lens.
    My brother was playing with it for a bit and accidentally pulled off one of it rear legs :( (he was very sorry), so i have a photo of it on its back. It was very docile.

    Spider 4.jpeg spider 5.jpeg spider3.JPG
  10. ArachnidBoi

    ArachnidBoi Arachnopeon

    It looks to have the typical theraphosid eye arrangement, from what I can see.