Friend of mine found this species while in Ecuador (Need help with ID)

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So one of my friend sent me this photo to see if I can ID it, however, I haven't seen anything like it. A Hapalopus species comes to mind, but I haven't seen any specimen exactly like it. Found near Coca, Ecuador. He's guessing that the body alone is 3" and w/ the legs is a total of 6".

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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So one of my friend sent me this photo to see if I can ID it, however, I haven't seen anything like it. A Hapalopus species comes to mind, but I haven't seen any specimen exactly like it. Found near Coca, Ecuador. He's guessing that the body alone is 3" and w/ the legs is a total of 6".

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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A 6" "Pumpkin Patch...SIGN ME UP!

The carapace is quite striking.

 

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So from what I heard it's 'likely' to be in the Davus genus more-so than the Hapalopus. Either way it's still a beautiful tarantula!
 

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What was the basis for that hypothesis?
A few people (on the FB group, one of which is a biologist herself) had mentioned that it might be in an upcoming paper labeled under the 'Davus' genus, however, since I don't have definitive proof, I put likely in quotes.
 

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A few people (on the FB group, one of which is a biologist herself) had mentioned that it might be in an upcoming paper labeled under the 'Davus' genus, however, since I don't have definitive proof, I put likely in quotes.
Ah very interesting! Thanks!

Would you link me to that page please?

That species and the H. sp. Columbia Large look so similar at least visually. I'd be interested in knowing if that locality would go into Davus as well.
 

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Me too! If those are as fast though...I can't wait to read all the "Escaped H. sp. Ecuador - help!" threads... *evil snicker*
Thats exactly what I was thinking while flicking theough this thread ahaha
 

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Ah very interesting! Thanks!

Would you link me to that page please?

That species and the H. sp. Columbia Large look so similar at least visually. I'd be interested in knowing if that locality would go into Davus as well.
I don't have the page, I just made a post on the FB group and someone had commented on it. I'd be interested in seeing it as well since my first thought went straight to Hapalopus.
 

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I don't have the page, I just made a post on the FB group and someone had commented on it. I'd be interested in seeing it as well since my first thought went straight to Hapalopus.
Would you link me to the FB group where the comment was made please. I'm a bit confused, you commented on a FB page, yet can't see the comment and/or the URL?
 

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Would you link me to the FB group where the comment was made please. I'm a bit confused, you commented on a FB page, yet can't see the comment and/or the URL?
My apologies, I didn't correctly read your last comment (and add in some social drinking with friends while still on Arachnoboards..), but here's the link:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/ara...tif_t=group_comment&notif_id=1473531314065687

And after re-reading, she wasn't the one who made the comment, it was a hobbyist who did and she just 'agreed' with him. So the genus is still up in the air. I apologize for the misleading comment.
 

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I'm contacting the scientist who took this photo, we will find out the size for sure now.
 
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