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Cyriopagopus

Cyriopagopus genus of the tarantula family is indigenous to different parts of Southeast Asia, from Myanmar to the Philippines, China to Thailand. As per April 2020 records, it has nine species, with some of them placed in the Haplopelma genus before.

Cyriopagopus Spider

Spiders Belonging to this Genus

Cyriopagopus albostriatus Cyriopagopus doriae Cyriopagopus dromeus
Cyriopagopus hainanus Cobalt Blue Tarantula (Cyriopagopus lividus) Cyriopagopus longipes
Cyriopagopus minax Cyriopagopus paganus Cyriopagopus robustus
Cyriopagopus salangense Cyriopagopus schmidti Cyriopagopus vonwirthi

Physical Description and Identification

Adults

Size: The average length of female spiders is from 2.0 – 3.3 inches (5.3 – 8.5 cm), with a longer leg span, though. The male spiders are characteristically smaller.

Scientific Classification

Color: Most of the species have a light brown body with variations. Like, the Cobalt blue tarantula (Haplopelma lividum) is distinguished by its blue legs. On the other hand, the Thailand zebra leg tarantula (Cyriopagopus albostriatus) has white stripes on its leg and abdomen.

Other Characteristic Features: They have a velvety, hairy appearance and big fangs.

Eggs

The small, round eggs have a pale-yellowish coloration, mostly laid within the silken sac kept in the burrow.

Spiderlings

Most of the spiderlings have a brown body and stay in the burrow until they mature enough to move independently.

The Web

Some species might spin silk to make their retreat, but none of them make webs for catching their prey.

Are Spiders of the Cyriopagopus Genus Venomous

Since the spiders of this genus do not have urticating hairs, they mostly rely on their bite to defend themselves, which indeed is painful. However, few of them, like the cobalt blue tarantula, possess a venom more toxic than the others. Their bite may not be fatal. However, these spiders often pierce their big fangs right into the tissue, causing puncture wounds and triggering bacterial infections if not treated properly.

Quick Facts

Distribution Southeast Asia
Habitat Rainforest, mountain slopes, burrows
Diet Insects
Lifespan 10-30 years

Did You Know

  • In 1887, the French naturalist Eugène Louis Simon, established this genus.

Image Credits: arachnoboards.com

Cyriopagopus genus of the tarantula family is indigenous to different parts of Southeast Asia, from Myanmar to the Philippines, China to Thailand. As per April 2020 records, it has nine species, with some of them placed in the Haplopelma genus before.

Cyriopagopus Spider

Spiders Belonging to this Genus

Cyriopagopus albostriatus Cyriopagopus doriae Cyriopagopus dromeus
Cyriopagopus hainanus Cobalt Blue Tarantula (Cyriopagopus lividus) Cyriopagopus longipes
Cyriopagopus minax Cyriopagopus paganus Cyriopagopus robustus
Cyriopagopus salangense Cyriopagopus schmidti Cyriopagopus vonwirthi

Physical Description and Identification

Adults

Size: The average length of female spiders is from 2.0 – 3.3 inches (5.3 – 8.5 cm), with a longer leg span, though. The male spiders are characteristically smaller.

Color: Most of the species have a light brown body with variations. Like, the Cobalt blue tarantula (Haplopelma lividum) is distinguished by its blue legs. On the other hand, the Thailand zebra leg tarantula (Cyriopagopus albostriatus) has white stripes on its leg and abdomen.

Other Characteristic Features: They have a velvety, hairy appearance and big fangs.

Eggs

The small, round eggs have a pale-yellowish coloration, mostly laid within the silken sac kept in the burrow.

Spiderlings

Most of the spiderlings have a brown body and stay in the burrow until they mature enough to move independently.

The Web

Some species might spin silk to make their retreat, but none of them make webs for catching their prey.

Are Spiders of the Cyriopagopus Genus Venomous

Since the spiders of this genus do not have urticating hairs, they mostly rely on their bite to defend themselves, which indeed is painful. However, few of them, like the cobalt blue tarantula, possess a venom more toxic than the others. Their bite may not be fatal. However, these spiders often pierce their big fangs right into the tissue, causing puncture wounds and triggering bacterial infections if not treated properly.

Quick Facts

Distribution Southeast Asia
Habitat Rainforest, mountain slopes, burrows
Diet Insects
Lifespan 10-30 years

Did You Know

  • In 1887, the French naturalist Eugène Louis Simon, established this genus.

Image Credits: arachnoboards.com

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