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R. Hays Cummins, Western Program, Miami University


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Lab Species List

Genus & Species - (Common Name)
Lab "Nick Name"
Aphonopelma chalcodes Chamberlin, 1940- (Mexican Blond)
Aphonopelma seemanni (Zebra Leg-Costa Rica)
Avicularia avicularia complex (Linne, 1758)- (Guyana Pink Toe)
Mercury plus 10 juveniles
Avicularia magdaleana/aurantica- (Pink Toe, Wooly)
Avicularia versicolor (Walckenaer, 1837)- (Pink Toes-Martinique and Guadeloupe Islands)
Acanthoscurria geniculata -(Giant White Knee-Brazil)
Brachypelma boehmei Schmidt & Klaas- (Mexican Fireleg)
Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens (Strand, 1907)- (GreenBottle Blue-Venezuela)
Cyclosternum sp. (Cobalt Red Rump)
Haplopelma lividum Smith, 1996 - (Cobalt Blue-SE Asia)
Lasiodora parahybana Mello-Leitao, 1917 (Salmon Pink Bird Eater-Brazil)
Pollux and Castor
Pamphobeteus vespertinum- (Columbian brown velvet-Columbia)
P. plumipes (Mahogony Tree Spider-)    
Poecilotheria ornata (Fringed Ornamental-Sri Lanka/India ?)
Poecilotheria regalis Pocock, 1899 (Indian Ornamental-India)
Psalmopoeus cambridgei (Trinidad Chevron-)    
Psalmopoeus pulcher (Panama Blond-Panama)    
Psalmopoeus irmenia- (Suntiger-Venezuela)
Old World
Heteroscodra maculata- (Arboreal, Togo Starburst-Africa)
Pterinochilus sp.- (Sunburst Baboon-"Usumbara" region of Africa)
Sunburst, Psycho2 & Jack
3 total

Tarantula Diaries--Images & Commentary

Check out this "Quicktime Slide Show" of a few of my favorite tarantula photographs!. Here is the same movie with music (Brahms' Hungarian Dance #1).

New Additions!!

(Taken with a Canon D30 or 10D digital camera with a 100mm macro-lens and ring flash or other canon lenses.)

Mexican Fireleg- Brachypelma boehmei, Dry, Semi-desert Mexican Classic, Nick Name-"Betelguese"

Mexican Blond- Aphonpelma chalcodes, Burrower, Dry Mexican and American Southwest, Nick Name-"Blondee"

Zebra Leg- Aphonpelma seemanni, Burrower, Rainforest Central America, Nick Name-"Drake"--after Drake Bay Wilderness Camp, Costa Rica

Pink Toe- Avicularia magdaleana/aurantica???, Arboreal, South America, Nick Name-"Wooly"

Pink Toe (Avicularia avicularia) on the March! Nick Name- "Mercury"

Our lab just received (10/5/00) a splendid "Pink Toe" Tarantula. Here are a few fine photographs!

Giant White Knee- Acanthoscurria geniculata, Burrower/Terrestrial, Brazil Shrubland, Nick Name-"BoJangles"

Suntiger-Psalmopoeus irmenia, Arboreal, Venezuela, Nick Name-"Suntiger"

Panama Blonde-Psalmopoeus pulcher, Arboreal, Venezuela, Nick Name-"Panama"

Indian Ornamental- Poecilotheria regalis, Arboreal, India, Nick Name-"King"

Fringed Ornamental- Poecilotheria ornata, Arboreal, India, Nick Name-"Speedy"

Cobalt Blue- Haplopelma lividum, Burrower, SE Asia, Nick Name- "Cobalt"

Columbian Brown Velvet- Pamphobeteus vespertinum, Terrestrial, South America, Nick Name- "Big Red"

Togo Starburst - Heteroscodra maculata, Arboreal, Africa, Nick Name- "Starburst"

Sunburst Baboon- Pterinochilus sp. ("Usumbara" region of Africa), Nick Names- "Psycho""Psycho2" & "Jack"

GreenBottle Blue Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens, Nick Name- "Grace"

Martinique Tree Spider: Avicularia versicolor, 10/20/00, Nick Name- "Bleu"

Check out our latest arachnid companion, Blue. It is about 2cm long (including its legs). It has already consumed two crickets in three days! What an absolutely beautiful specimen!

Brazilian Salmon Pink Birdeaters-Laisodora parahybana, Nick Names--Pollux and Castor

Click on image for a larger view!

A Tarantula Day-in-a-Life: Castor Molts (11/15/00)

Absolutely amazing stuff. Castor molts about 1 month behind Pollux. Here are a few wonderful pictures of the entire process.

A Tarantula Day-in-a-Life: Pollux Molts (10/11/00)

Pollux (Laisodora parahybana a Brazilian Salmon Pink Birdeater) at her most vulnerable Moment
Amazing Stuff: Pollux Molts! It took about 4 hours for her to crawl out of her skin. Twelve hours later, she was still gathering her strength.

A Tarantula Day-in-a-Life: Castor Molts Again (01/29/01)

Pollux molted again--three months later! Wow, what an amazing process. I found Pollux on its back at 8:30am. She was out of her exoskeleton by a little after 2:00pm. I made two QUICKTIME SLIDE SHOWS to illustrate the process, one SMALL~1.6mb and the other LARGE~6mb. Enjoy!

Defensive and Resting Postures of a Brazilian Salmon Lasiodora parabyhana 9/15/00

Here are a few photos of one of my Brazilian Pinks. AMAZING!

Young Arboreal Spiderlings Arrive--9/15/00

Today, 12 Pink Toe (Avicularia avicularia) spiderlings arrived from Arachnocentric. One was DOA on arrival but the other 11 were in excellent shape. These spiders are going to be part of a Natural Systems Research Project on Spider behavior and growth. Some initial pictures:

Their First Cricket Feed!

Holding the Cobalt Red Rump (Cyclosternum sp)--9/22/00

Tarantula Feeding Frenzy--(Laisodora parahybana two Brazilian Salmon Pink Birdeaters)!

I thought you might like to see the tarantulas eating again. This quicktime movie is big, about 17 mb. But, if you have the quicktime plugin in your browser plug-in folder, and if you have enough memory, the movie should play just fine. Windows users can download Quicktime from Apple

Essential Tarantula Articles

I included three PDF articles from the British Tarantula Society. One focuses on "The Natural History of Tarantula Spiders" while the other is a brief introduction to Tarantula care. The third article deals with tarantula substrate preferences Take a look!

Raising Crickets & Mealworms So, now that you've got those spiders, you've got to feed those spiders! Here are a few PDFs

Sexing Tarantulas

Sexing tarantulas is a BIG DEAL. Males usually don't live nearly as long as females, and, at the end of their lives, they kind of go into a mating frenzy! So, I found two excellent articles on sexing tarantulas. Take a look! From West Coast Zoological

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