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Question about Avicularia urticating hairs

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by cabey0201, Jun 3, 2008.

  1. cabey0201

    cabey0201 Arachnosquire

    So, every versicolor I see (including my own) has that nice little patch of hair missing off of their opisthosoma. Since they're not kickers per se, where does this hair go? Is it scattered throughout their living area as a defense mechanism? Unless I'm nuts, it seems to be an almost immediate thing as well. In other words, it doesn't seem like after a moult the "fuzzy butt" lasts any time at all. Just curious.
  2. clearlysaid

    clearlysaid Arachnobaron

    I think the patch you're referring to is actually the mirror patch.

    Avics can spread urticating hairs, they don't kick like other spiders, though... they, uh, get the hair on their feet and rub them into the prey. Can't say I've ever seen it or experienced it but that's what I've read.

    Oh, see this.
    Last edited: Jun 3, 2008
  3. Aunt Ant

    Aunt Ant Arachnoknight

    Yup, mirror patch. It's not necessarily missing hair, just different textured hair. Other Ts have them too, Grammostola genus for sure
    I think it may be composed of urticating hairs, but I could be wrong. Maybe someone else knows what its definite function is
  4. cabey0201

    cabey0201 Arachnosquire

    Ah, hadn't seen that thread. I'm still a bit confused though. Is it hair that's missing or is it hair that's a different color and texture from the rest? It appears, to me at least, that there's no hair there at all.
  5. clearlysaid

    clearlysaid Arachnobaron

    I think the hair is there it's just a different type.
  6. Mushroom Spore

    Mushroom Spore Arachnoemperor Old Timer

    First I've heard of it - the most common use of their urticating hairs is by leaning directly into the target creature to imbed the hair into his/her skin. It leads to a lot of hilarious threads where people get angry when we tell them their avic isn't leaning into being petted because it likes them. It's doing it because it hates them and wants them to go away. :D
  7. clearlysaid

    clearlysaid Arachnobaron

    Haha, I remember a cool video of a man scratching his Avic's bootay... like the avic even liked it and was leaning in for a good scratching. It was cute but made me itchy watching it.

    I heard people say rosies do the embedding thing, too... but I've actually seen a rosie kick hair, so, yeah... I've never seen an avic kick or rub or anything so I dunno.
  8. Miss Bianca

    Miss Bianca Arachnoprince

    My Avic's bum is fully 'hairy'........