- Nov 3, 2010
Wanted to know what the largest old world terrestrial is actually available in the hobby?
Please read my post again carefully.Well I don't consider the obligate burrowers like H. lividum and P. muticus to be terrestrial because they are always under ground and rarely out in the open. I wouldn't put them in the same category as species such as Lasiodora and Acanthoscurria, because they truly are different types.
But... That's how I see it, and the OP might have meant fossorial also.
Another way to put it might be "inhabiting the earth." By definition, a fossorial animal is a terrestrial animal. Many species which don't have a high tendency to burrow in captivity do burrow in the wild, make abandoned burrows their own or exploit natural cavities, but they don't sit out in the open all day waiting to be eaten. The term for these is opportunistic burrower. Both opportunistic burrowers and obligate burrowers are terrestrials since they don't live in the water or in trees.Terrestrial means living on the ground/land/earth, as opposed to aquatic or arboreal.
According to the description by Ferdinand Karsch, the holotype of Phoneyusa belandana has a body length of 72 mm (roughly 2.88"), the prosoma being 34 mm (roughly 1.36") long. Leg lengths are as follows, excluding the first two segments (coxa and trochanter):What's all the fuss about Hysterocrates hercules - it's just a stumpy-legged, brown Hysterocrates with a large carapace :?
Phoneyusa belandana - now that's a considerably more impressive species. Or for the real African fan a mature male Phoneyusa bidentata ituriensis
first leg - 72 mm (roughly 2.88")
fourth leg - 77.5 mm (roughly 3.1")
Really? I could swear I've read H. gigas routinely hit 8", if not larger. Hopefully anyways....Pretty sure H. gigas doesn't get any larger than 7.
I'd say C. crawshayi until someone shows us a full grown Pholgius.
Yes, we get that there is a distinction. Ok, for the sake of your argument, what in your opinion would be the largest terrestrial OW T? I can't think of any non-burrowing terrestrial OW Ts at all. They're all fossorial to some extent.... :? Something like an M. balfouri? Even the Chilos, which web a lot, burrow like hell.I still see it as:
(And I guess this applies to in captivity)
I mean what if you were new to Ts and someone sold you a H. lividum and said it was a terrestrial. Wouldn't you think it would stay out in the open?
And yes, I understand that many terrestrials will burrow and utilize burrows, but is it to the extent of what the obligate burrowers use them?
Sorry for the derailment.