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    Default Chaco Region - Argentina

    Some pics of trips I've made a while ago to Chaco Region.

    A. chacoana eating a mouse


    A. chacoana mature male oportunistic burrow, with his last exuvium outside


    A. chacoana adult female


    A. chacoana habitat


    A. chacoana adult female in her hide




    E. campestratus in her burrow



    E. campestratus big adult female



    E. campestratus burrow (grassland habitat)



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    Fantastic pix, thanks for sharing them with us, always great to see natural habitats.
    The full picture looks as if it might be a dried up river bed.
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    Excellent habitat pictures Patricio

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    Interesting and beautiful shots!
    Thanks for sharing!

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    Some great pictures!

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    Thanks guys. I'm sorry about the handling picture, I really wasn't aware that it was wrong to post it But I agree with you Mod, the reason was for inspection of the wild tarantula, showing size, etc.
    Will keep it in mind for the future!

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    Don't worry about it

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    Excellent, did you come across any Argentinian form G aureostriata whilst in the area??

    I, for one, would like to see photos of these in their natural habitat if you have them.

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    Hello Colin,

    No, I haven't been lucky enough to see Grammostola aureostriata in the wild. Although I've seen collected ones, and there seem to be two morphs or different species. Grammostola aureostriata and another one that is similar but it might be in fact another sp. The real G. aureostriata is bigger, wider stripes (more golden than yellow) very much pretty and also even seems to have slightly different morphological features, while this other G. ''aureostriata'', which judging for the great amount of pics on internet, is the one I see in Europe and US is much more common, is a smaller tarantula, different slim stripes and bright yellow. Anyway, I've seen both, but not in their habitat, which by the information I have, is the same habitat for both.

    Unfortunately, G. aureostriata isn't a common tarantula at all, and in fact is very rare to find in the wild. A known skilled collector I know, only found very few (including the type for sp. description) , comparing with other species such as Eupalaestrus campestratus. A. chacoana is also a fairly hard to find sp. and you never find them in great numbers.

    But I will continue exploring this habitat (or what it's left of it anyway...), and I know sooner or later, I will find the beautiful Grammostola aureostriata if not extinct in Argentina (hope not)...as I haven't seen anyone collected the real G. aureostriata in a few years now.

    I have pictures if you are interested of this ''real'' Grammostola aureostriata, the last female I've seen alive. Was a very big one and died of old age like 2 years ago.

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    Thanks for that Pato

    We recognise (taxonomically) two distinct regional variations of the aureostriata here (i.e. Argentinian and Paraguayan) at the moment in the hobby (both variants can be seen on out Theraphosid gallery)
    The "real" aureostrata which you refer to is not one found here in the hobby very often unfortunately, myself and a collector/conservationist friend of mine had a couple in the mid 80's, they were impressive beasts around 9 inches legspan (funnily enough, the majority of the available caresheets state they will grow to about this, yet i've not seen one this size for years)
    You said you'd not come across any individuals in the wild for some time, my friend has been out in S America for some months now and on last contact with him he states the same...which is a huge shame.
    Please post the images that you have, it would be nice to see a good example again (all my photographic records are on 35mm and medium format so a trip to the loft would be in order i think)
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