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Avicularia diversipes, Avicularia sooretama sp. nov. & Avicularia gamba sp. nov.

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  • Craig Mackay
    Great read, thanks

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  • Martin Huber
    Thanks, but it was Fabian Vol who brought this paper into my attention!

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  • lynn mawdesley
    Thanks very much for sharing Martin

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  • Elaine Ross
    Excellent thanks Martin I've been waiting patiently for this.

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  • Eric Reynolds
    Quite a lot of pet trade talk in this one.

    I guess the "fasiculata" tanks can be relabeled now.


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  • Phil Rea
    Interesting stuff. Thanks Martin

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  • Avicularia diversipes, Avicularia sooretama sp. nov. & Avicularia gamba sp. nov.

    Hi all,

    a paper, which might be especially interesting for the keepers of "Avicularia fasciculata":
    • Bertani, R. & C. S. FUKUSHIMA (2009): Description of two new species of Avicularia Lamarck 1818 and redescription of Avicularia diversipes (C.L. Koch 1842) (Araneae, Theraphosidae, Aviculariinae) – three possibly threatened Brazilian species. Zootaxa, 2223: 25-47.

      Avicularia diversipes (C.L. Koch 1842) known previously only from its original description is redescribed along with
      Avicularia sooretama sp. nov. and Avicularia gamba sp. nov. The three species are endemic to Brazilian Atlantic
      rainforest. With other Avicularia species, they share a procurved anterior eye row, slender embolus and medially folded
      spermathecae, whereas they have unusual characters, such as a very long and spiraled embolus (A. diversipes) and
      spermathecae with multilobular apex (A. sooretama sp. nov.). Furthermore, the three species lack a tibial apophysis in
      males and share a distinctive color pattern ontogeny that is not known in any other Avicularia species. The conservation
      status of the three species is discussed, especially with respect to endemism, illegal trafficking and habitat destruction.
      The creation of protected areas in southern State of Bahia, Brazil, is recommended, as well as the inclusion of these
      species in IUCN and CITES lists. Appendices with figures and species information are presented to facilitate correct
      specimen identification by custom officers, in order to limit illegal traffic.


    all the best,