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WC terrestrial from Mindinao mountains Philippines

Discussion in 'Field Trips (Natural Habitats)' started by AngelDeVille, Jun 5, 2018.

  1. AngelDeVille

    AngelDeVille Arachno HoneyBadger Arachnosupporter

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    I’ll get some more pictures, but any clue of the species.

    My Brother-in-law finds them under coconut bushes in the mountains.

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  2. ErinM31

    ErinM31 Arachnoangel Active Member

    Could he be pranking you or did someone release Brachypelma hamorii into the wild where they aren’t native?! Now there are many many tarantula species which I am unfamiliar with, but that does not look like any Old World species I’ve seen...
     
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  3. AngelDeVille

    AngelDeVille Arachno HoneyBadger Arachnosupporter

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    My first thought was a Mexican species, but there really isn’t a market there for import species since there are so many native for free. (I had a run in with a 7” huntsman)
     
  4. ErinM31

    ErinM31 Arachnoangel Active Member

    I don’t believe that follows — there are many tarantulas native and inexpensive in the U.S. but still high demand for others from elsewhere for the variety of temperaments and colors, etc. I certainly wouldn’t assume that every would-be tarantula owner would wish to start wish Old World species or stick to native species exclusively (unless law prohibited otherwise, as in Australia).

    In any case, hopefully someone more familiar with Philippine’s native T’s can make a more definitive ID. :)
     
  5. AngelDeVille

    AngelDeVille Arachno HoneyBadger Arachnosupporter

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  6. sschind

    sschind Arachnoknight Old Timer

    Do coconuts grow on bushes in the mountains? Sounds to me like someone is pulling a prank on you.
     
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  7. AngelDeVille

    AngelDeVille Arachno HoneyBadger Arachnosupporter

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    There are bushes at the base of the trees. and if you look you can find these tarantulas. It is not an isolated example.

    Not a prank.
     
  8. AngelDeVille

    AngelDeVille Arachno HoneyBadger Arachnosupporter

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    This is not an area where fed ex will overnight deliver, and there are not exotic pet stores. This species is established in the area.

    It is a mountainous area with mostly farms.
     
  9. Sarkhan42

    Sarkhan42 Arachnobaron Active Member

    That’s... realllllyyyy strange. That’s absolutely not a native species, by any means. That’s a Brachypelma hamorii. Are you positive you aren’t getting :troll::troll::troll:?

    If you’re certain this is legitament, I’d be interested to see if this is a freak instance of an escaped pet, or if they really are (and I can’t believe I’m actually saying this) establishing themselves as an exotic species. I’d want to see varying life stages and a considerable amount to even entertain that idea however.
     
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  10. sschind

    sschind Arachnoknight Old Timer

    A distinct possibility which may not occur to everyone. Native? probably not. Established? quite possible.
     
  11. AngelDeVille

    AngelDeVille Arachno HoneyBadger Arachnosupporter

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    I’m not finding the best info on native species in the area. If there was a good database we could eliminate them.

    Unfortunately I won’t be able to research it myself for at least a year.

    I’m looking at selenocosmia right now.
     
  12. Sarkhan42

    Sarkhan42 Arachnobaron Active Member

    I can tell you with 100% confidence that is not a species native to the Philippines
     
  13. ccTroi

    ccTroi Arachnosquire Active Member

    Someone released it or you’re getting punked.
     
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