No, it was just recently discovered and not many people have even observed these in the wild yet. There are other huntsmans on the market that are available, do a search and you should be able to find a lot of information.Nice, Is that or anything close to it available in the states?
so you understand the french conversation...(Go ahead and yell at me here)
It is nearly always the same. Label the video, 'Two people talking with glimpses of a spider'. When you have such a spectacular specimen, why can't they drop the goofy paparazzi noise and get some measurements. Identify the terrain, depth inside the cave, temperature, humidity and a host of other good solid scientifically helpful facts.
Haha, I felt the same way as you about the video, too bad they did not talk about this particular species, it would've been way more interresting then listening to them talking about things I already know!Je comprends assez bien français se demander quand l'aspect scientifique allait commencer.
Just using a magnificent animal to shove a little sensationalism in your face, along with the basic info you could get from studying almost any spider in the world.. Pffftb!
Please accept my apologies for being so negative. I was hoping for some facts, some important relevant information, not exploiting yet another victim.
PS Mon français suce oeufs. mais...
hi,That's disappointing.. this is the only video I have seen of the species and it's THIS..??? Not even any close-ups or action shots. I thought the size of the spiders wasn't that impressive. I wonder if it was anywhere near maximum size or perhaps not even the correct species. I have seen Sparrasidae reaching almost that size myself in China. For the supposed largest species on the planet (LS), I was expecting a bit more. :wall:
hi,I do not wish to hijack this thread but am hoping someone who has properly studied the maxima might happen by and answer some questions.
In the area just west of the Maekhong river basin we have several different varieties of the heteropoda. I have noted on many occasions these have demonstrated eyesight more acute than a salticid. As example, take maxima's cousin here.
At 6 feet away and directly above it, it reacts to any movement I made.
I have also seen these on the roads at night, reacting to the headlights of a vehicle 50 feet away.
So the question that immediately springs to mind is, what is the eyesight and sensory ability of the maxima? Does it retain the sensory acuity? Is it simply an evolved form of the more common S.E. Asia like the one pictured, that found itself a nitch in an ecosystem where, with few natural predators and extraordinary sensory abilities it was able to evolve into this formidable size? How far back into the caves does it range? Does it demonstrate other traits acquired from cave dwelling like a tolerance for more humid or dryer air and colder temperatures? What general adaptations has the animal developed different from it's outdoor dwelling relatives? What are it's hunting patterns? The distance it ranges over what period of time?
I have absolutely no idea. Real experts most often specialize and are hesitant to give any info outside of their specialty. The two major universities around here that claimed qualified experts, both 'experts' were only reasonably qualified in general entomology with one improperly identifying a Lyco as a sparassid.hi,
a net is useful...a net on a stick - don't know any english word for this...
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p.s.: the snark, who could be able to answer your questions about h. maxima !?
only a few persons ever have observed them, worked on them.
for example, dr. peter jäger from senckenberg museum - he is a professional arachnologist and specialised on sparassidae - he observed the habitat and still evaluate the datas (i think).
so, who else could answer ?
not a succesful way to ask this here on arachnoboards, i guess.