PERUVIAN TARANTULA RANGE SURVEY
I am starting a long-term survey of the theraphosid diversity and their range along the lower Maranon River, in Amazonian Peru. Over a decade ago, I worked the general area on a National Geographic contract and I was impressed by the high (non-inundated) rainforest there - a ten minute walk from the lodge. The lodge is situated along the west bank of the lower Rio Maranon and operated by some biologist colleagues with whom I have traveled several times. Lodging, food, and logistical support such as guides will be excellent.
During my 1994 trip I found 14 theraphosid species in the general area, and I am aware of several more undescribed theraphosids there. It was here that I observed a female Avicularia urticans eating a very small species of bat on the side of a palm tree one night.
I returned a few years later and went a bit further south and found a population of gigantic black Pamphobeteus sp. (aka the alleged 'chicken spider') all co-habiting the same enormous leaf-cutter mound. The region and forest are beautiful and present many photo opportunities as well as excellent "spidering" with day and night forest forays.
This will be a one-week run and I plan on going either the third or last week in October or possibly the first week of November. In addition to the above, there are excellent opportunities for herping, birding, fishing and maybe taking in an Indian village for souvenir bartering.
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Rick C. West