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New Guinea/Papuan Ts?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by MainMann, Sep 11, 2019.

  1. MainMann

    MainMann Arachnosquire Active Member

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    Hello!
    Can anyone give me any suggestions on any papuan Ts that are available in the hobby? I'm planning to have a collection of Indonesian Ts, and as for the other major islands, i already have a T in mind.

    Thank you in advance, Maman
     
  2. EtienneN

    EtienneN Arachnonovelist-musician-artist Arachnosupporter

    I'm not aware of any Ts from Papua New Guinea. My guess is that there might be one over there it is undiscovered to science, but maybe not because as far as I'm aware New Zealand has no tarantulas so Papua New Guinea might be the same way. If I recall correctly, there might be some mygalomorphs on the New Guinea island but that's about it. It just so happens that not every country has its own species of tarantula. ;)
     
  3. TownesVanZandt

    TownesVanZandt Arachnoangel Active Member

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    There is definitely Ts at Papua New Guinea (Selenocosmia sp. at least, but probably more as well).
     
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  4. Vanisher

    Vanisher Arachnoprince Old Timer

    Yes, there are Selenocosmia speicies on Papua new guninea. Selenocosmia papuana and some more speicies? S dichromata, is that one from Papua new guinea? I think do?
     
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  5. EtienneN

    EtienneN Arachnonovelist-musician-artist Arachnosupporter

    Interesting. Weird how some islands have Ts and some don't. I guess it has to do with when and how fast the land masses broke up.
     
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  6. Vanisher

    Vanisher Arachnoprince Old Timer

    Or they can be introduced with birds or similair. It is commen with fishes. Diffrent fishspeicies indroduced to new water with birds
     
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  7. TownesVanZandt

    TownesVanZandt Arachnoangel Active Member

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    In the case of New Zealand climate is also a factor. They have a temperate climate with rather chilly winters so I doubt Ts could live there.
     
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  8. EtienneN

    EtienneN Arachnonovelist-musician-artist Arachnosupporter

    Good point!
     
  9. Dennis Nedry

    Dennis Nedry Arachnolord Active Member

    I’d say that would depend on the species and how well adapted they are to the cold, there are tarantulas that live in environments that commonly see snow in the wild so I guess anything could happen
     
  10. EtienneN

    EtienneN Arachnonovelist-musician-artist Arachnosupporter

    Maybe theres a species of tarantula in NZ and nobody knows it yet. :smug::D
     
  11. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer

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    It is believed by some scientists that birds helped spread Avics across S. America
     
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  12. Vanisher

    Vanisher Arachnoprince Old Timer

    Yes, im not surprised! Thanjs for the information!
     
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  13. MainMann

    MainMann Arachnosquire Active Member

    Yeah I've seen and read that there's a handful of Selenocosmia there, one particularly beautiful one is the "New Guinea Rust brown" which i forgot the scientific name of, S. ardnsti or something. How about other genera? Are there any other genera that live in papua?
     
  14. AphonopelmaTX

    AphonopelmaTX Moderator Staff Member

    Here is a list of species located in New Guinea or Papua New New Guinea. Data from the World Spider Catalog (2019). Can't say if any are in the hobby though.

    Orphnaecus dichromatus: New Guinea
    Phlogiellus bicolor: Papua New Guinea (New Britain)
    Selenocosmia arndsti: New Guinea
    Selenocosmia compta: New Guinea
    Selenocosmia hirtipes: Indonesia (Moluccas), New Guinea
    Selenocosmia honesta: New Guinea
    Selenocosmia lanceolata: New Guinea
    Selenocosmia lanipes: Indonesia (Moluccas), New Guinea
    Selenocosmia mittmannae: New Guinea
    Selenocosmia papuana: New Guinea
    Selenocosmia similis: New Guinea
    Selenocosmia strenua: Australia (Queensland), New Guinea
    Selenocosmia strubelli: Indonesia (Java, Moluccas) or New Guinea
    Selenocosmia valida: New Guinea
     
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  15. Patherophis

    Patherophis Arachnobaron Active Member

    New Guinea is very interesting when it comes to zoogeography. It has extremely rich fauna, e.g. IRRC there is almost as many endemic mammal species in New Guinea alone, as in rest of region combined (meaning Australia, New Zealand, Wallacea, Polynesia and Hawaii). It is part of Continental australian subregion. It used to be connected with Australia. Many typical australian animals like echidnas, kangoroos, cassowaries and so on live there.

    S. arndsti is very nice spider and some members here do have them.
     
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  16. MainMann

    MainMann Arachnosquire Active Member

    Thank youuuu!!!! Will def be asking about on these species! Suuuper helpful dude!!! Much love from indonesia!

    Ikr! It's one of the last truly "untouched" parts of the earth! The creatures there are all especially interesting!
     
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  17. korg

    korg Arachnobaron

    How exactly does this work? A bird is trying to eat a tarantula and it ends up carrying it across water and then the tarantula escapes?
     
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  18. EtienneN

    EtienneN Arachnonovelist-musician-artist Arachnosupporter

    I'm pretty sure it's a matter of tiny spiderlings hitching a ride on a bird's back or neck feathers. ;)
     
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  19. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer

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    See EtienneN's response. There's data to support this hypothesis I mentioned from what I learned from scientists. It's an interesting theory.

    I'd have to find the email.
     
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