tarantula in costa rica?
Fri, Jan 16, 2009 at 3:00 PM
we found this one taking refuge from the rain last night in our room near san isidro, costa rica… wondering if you can tell us what it is and whether it’s f or m?
thanks so much!
san isidro, costa rica
After searching the images on the Tarantula Photo Gallery Website, we don’t feel that we have the necessary skills to provide you with an accurate identification. There are not enough similarities to make the Costa Rican Tigerump , Cyclosternum fasciatum, a definite positive ID. We couldn’t find a satisfactory match on the Gallery of Tarantulas webpage, but there are several species from Venezuala and Costa Rica named Suntigers. The dark diamond pattern between the red markings on your specimen is very distinctive, and doesn’t match anything we can find. After 45 minutes of unsuccessful searching, the best we can do is to post your image and hope an Arachnophile has the answers to your questions.
Update: Tue, 20 Jan 2009 10:52:56 -0800 (PST)
I suspect the ornate tarantula from Costa Rica is a juvenile specimen, in which case there is no telling what gender it is. Males do not get their secondary sexual characteristics until their final molt into adulthood. Many species can be quite colorful as immatures, while being rather “dull” in color as adults. Not sure if anyone will be able to conclude the identification if it ‘is’ a baby.