Gigas stretching out after molting
Time to rehouse into a bigger home. Beautiful and calm. Docile species.
Can you imagine how comfortable that must feel? That's like the human male equivalent of basketball shorts or the female equivalent of taking her bra off after a long day.
 
Nice picture, but this doesn't really look like a Hysterocrates gigas to me. Do you have any pictures of it before the molt? Maybe it's just because it's so freshly molted.
 
@andy1997 Nice suspicion from you. I have no earlier pictures of it though. Gigas belong to the Old World but during one re-housing, it behaves like New World by kicking the rump, although I see no hairs coming off. Wonder whether this is really a "Gigas"......
 
@Tarantula Tech Umm... I am not sure if this is a H. gigas at all. Granted, I am a novice and not a keeper of any of the species I'm about to list, but if what you claim is true, and it's "kicked hairs" at you, you might be dealing with some kind of Brachypelma.

Here is a forum thread discussing this: http://arachnoboards.com/threads/b-vagans-or-b-albiceps.305674/
This is certainly strange indeed. It may even be a B. kahlenbergi.

But I certainly have my doubts that this is a H. gigas.
 
@Androxian Thanks for your advice. I have 4 Brachypelma V and I thus I am quite sure it is not a B.V. But will continue to monitor it's growth and decide from there. Cheers
 
@The Grym Reaper I had heard about the B. hamorii and B. baumgarteni hybrids, but I did not know people also cross bred B. vagans as well. Is this documented anywhere? It looks like a cross of a B. vagans and B. kahlenbergi, any way to tell for sure from the photo?

@cold blood Any input here? Your juvenile B. vagans photo posted in an old thread has been linked by me here above. Is it possible that this is a B. vagans X B. kahlenbergi hybrid? Would love your input.
 
@Androxian B. vagans are probably the most hybridised of the genus just because all the red rumped species (vagans/kahlenbergi/epicureanum/sabulosum) look the same to the untrained eye, not to mention deliberate hybridisation with other species that also occurs.

B. boehmei x B. baumgarteni are another common combination (either deliberately or through ignorance). The Honduran/Costa Rican B. albopilosum that have been in the hobby for decades are said to be pretty messed up due to hybridisation (I don't believe they're all hybrids but these are going to end up even more messed up because they'll now be cross-bred with Nicaraguan B. albopilosum that can't be traced back to an import).
 

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