- Mar 18, 2009
How big do they max out at? It's fascinating that they don't appear to have any close relatives in Australia. Keep us updated, Aussie Ts are so interesting. Little brown jobbie or not
Sorry, just figured this needed emphasis. Wanted to thank you, as well, for going through the work that you did to provide these to the hobby outside of Oz. I'm pretty new to Phlogius but they really are quite fascinating and underrated. It's too bad that they are commonly seen as "just another brown tarantula". Coolest slings I've raised yet.I seriously doubt I will export the Aussie spiders again, the permits are costly and the sales are just not stable enough to sustain the costs of maintaining the state and federal permits. This last permit application was difficult to say the least (export permits must be renewed every 6 months), I won't go into the complications here, but I don't plan on going through that again.
So, I'd really, really, really suggest anybody who has any Australian T's from my old exports band together to try and preserve them in the international hobby I'm sure the Phlogius specimens will be fine, but the Selenotypus may be LOT harder to breed, once those ones reach maturity.
This is perhaps one of the most interesting spiders from the entire Selenocosmiinae. It does not fit ANY known Australian genus, it is not closest related to other Australian genera, but nearer related to other Selenocosmiinae (can't elaborate for now) not found anywhere near Australia. The name is actually quite descriptive, when you hear one of these things stridulate it is ridiculous, the sound of a rattlesnake, hence the name. I think the name very appropriate actually, but common names, well, yeah, how good is any common name. It's no overestimation of the sound either, it's remarkable. If you haven't listened to that video, I'd suggest you do so, it's very interesting, no other tarantula is as noisy as this species. Further, they stridulate at any given opportunity. Where other species hardly ever make an aubible sound, this species is the opposite. I think a guy called Jason made that video, not sure, but that is the new species and the common name is more apt than some common names
They are smallish, but absolutely unique on many levels. From a taxonomic aspect, they are more than just fascinating, they are a key group to better understand selenocosmiine biogeography. Dr Raven will be covering these eventually, there is more than one species known to him from this group.
But whatever you do, don't write these off as just another little brown jobbie