You may also want to look at Lasiodora klugi, I believe they get larger than L. parahybana. There's a chance that some of the Africans (H. hercules and H.scepticus) get even bigger than these other monsters. The type specimen for H.hurcules is the only 'valid' specimen known and was indeed a true monster. It's housed in the BMNH. The specimen photographed in Rick West's site is probably the real deal, it's thorax/abdomen measurement was 110mm(about 4.5").I know this doesn't really answer your questions, but I think you're heading in that direction?Originally posted by Justin
How much bigger is a adult female goliath bird eating tarantula compared to an adult female brazilion salmon pink bird eater? Also, how much more aggressive is a T. blondi compaed to a L. Parahybana?
Apparently it's missing legs and in shocking condition! Did you hear the story behind it's collection, amazing stuff.Originally posted by LaRiz
I would love to get a look at that type specimen of H. hercules
stored at the BMNH. Rick West told me once that it's quite beat up from countless examinations. Too many hands.
That was a male owned by one of the big Breeders in the US. Can't remember which one thoughOriginally posted by Raveness
(Theraphosa apophysis) Goliath Pinkfoot is the largest spider ever recorded. That largest ever recorded had a leg span of 13" I heard.
Phoneyusa is an interesting genus. If my brother Jack (Haploman here) would ever get off his @$$ and get a digital camera, he could post a pic of his Phoneyusa celerierae (properly ID'd). Jack?Originally posted by Steve Nunn
Apparently it's missing legs and in shocking condition! Did you hear the story behind it's collection, amazing stuff.
Luc Ross is quite a whiz with the Africans, he may be able to come up with some more info on Phoneyusa, I know they're one of his favourite genera.