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Poecilotheria sp. sri lanka

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by Theneil, May 16, 2018.

  1. Theneil

    Theneil Arachnoknight Active Member

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    Hello all.

    Today i received a book, "Tarantulas of the world Theraphosidae" by: Francois TEYSSIE and while browsing through the pictures i saw an absolutely stunning picture of 'Poecilotheria sp "Sri Lanka"'.

    The book is a few years old so some of the taxonomy is wrong so i was wondering if anybody knows what this species has been renamed to. Comparing to pictures from the interweb, it looks like it might be P. bara?

    And with regards to that i want to make sure that i properly understand that P. bara, P. sp lowland, and P. subfusca 'lowland' are all referring to the same species.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    I would assume fasciata...its common name is the sri-lanken ornamental afterall....could be any poec from the island though.
     
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  3. 14pokies

    14pokies Arachnoprince Active Member

    Six species of Poecilotheria have been recorded in Sri Lanka- Poecilotheria fasciata, Poecilotheria ornata, Poecilotheria subfusca, Poecilotheria uniformis, Poecilotheria smithi and Poecilotheria pederseni..

    Imo these species are visually different enough to ID by cross referencing your photo to those found on this site and to a lesser degree google..
     
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  4. If I’m not mistaken, Teyssie is speaking here of the sp. we call Poecilotheria sp. subfusca lowland (or sp. bara according to some specialists) in the hobby.
     
  5. Theneil

    Theneil Arachnoknight Active Member

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    If it wasn't for copy rights this would be a lot easier...

    This one was a pretty distinctive looking. the 'abdomen' and legs looked almost all black with significantly smaller Pokie patterns than most other speicies. The other thing that was most striking (to me at least) was a lot of Purple: Much of the carapace is a purplish tone and basically the entire femur on the first and second pairs of legs as well as the femur(?) of the pedipalps are a almost completely purple.

    Note: Only a dorsal view is given. Sounds like it probably is sp lowland/bara.

    Thanks for the help.
     
  6. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    you cant post the pic, but you can link it.;)
     
  7. shutout2000

    shutout2000 Arachnoknight

    This is the only site that I have been on thatdoesn't allow outside images, assuming you properly credit the source I don't see the issue.
     
  8. Theneil

    Theneil Arachnoknight Active Member

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    If i can find the picture anywhere i will link it, but so far no luck.

    @shutout2000 The book clearly states no unauthorized reproduction of any content in part or full or i would just snap a photo of it.
     
  9. Cas S

    Cas S Arachnosquire Active Member

    I thought P. uniformis and P. pederseni where invalid?
     
  10. 14pokies

    14pokies Arachnoprince Active Member

    Pederseni was renamed vitatta, as for uniformis as far as I know the only data we have on it comes from an old preserved specimen. I have heard people say it's just fasciata but the color has been leached out from preservation. I'm not sure if it's a avalid species or not. Taxonomy drives me crazy and I go to great lengths to avoid it. The information I presented is based off of what I learned years ago so you could be partially correct.

    As far as I know vitatta (formerly pederseni) is endemic to Sri-Lanka it just underwent a name change.
     
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  11. Theneil

    Theneil Arachnoknight Active Member

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    Well i cited the source so hopefully that is enough...

     
  12. Cas S

    Cas S Arachnosquire Active Member

    omg thats beautiful
     
  13. 14pokies

    14pokies Arachnoprince Active Member

    It's P.subfusca..
     
  14. Cas S

    Cas S Arachnosquire Active Member

    there that PURPLE!? :woot:
     
  15. Cas S

    Cas S Arachnosquire Active Member

    (are they a good second T, I really want one know :troll:)
     
  16. Venom1080

    Venom1080 Arachnoemperor Active Member

    No. Pretty bad choice.
     
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  17. Theneil

    Theneil Arachnoknight Active Member

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    @14pokies Thank you!

    @Cas S i sure hope so, but i'm going to assume part of it is the lighting/flash used on the camera...
     
  18. Cas S

    Cas S Arachnosquire Active Member

    I was joking lol, thats why I put the troll
     
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  19. 14pokies

    14pokies Arachnoprince Active Member

    In the right lighting and angle yes. Overall they look black and white like most pokies. Still beautiful none the less.. What other species do you own? It's not a bad second T if you started with something like P.irminia.. If you have a slow moving N/W terrestrial then it's not a very good idea getting one so soon..
     
  20. Venom1080

    Venom1080 Arachnoemperor Active Member

    More purple than most. IMG_20180114_230723554.jpg
     
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