Omothymus & Chilobrachys Tarantula in the wild! | Island Species from Malaysia

Omothymus & Chilobrachys Tarantula in the wild! | Island Species from Malaysia


welcome back to another episode today
we’re going to search for two different species on this special Island we are on
now we’re still in Malaysia though but I’m not going to tell you in which
island we are because this is a special episode which we’re going to show you a
really really special tarantula the first species will be a terrestrial
species I’m not sure if you’re going to find both of them or any of them but you
will get to see it in this video if we do the first one as I said terrestrial
species a Chilobrachys species not sure about the color but most likely grayish
brownish and the other tarantula we’re trying to search for is an arboreal one
true arboreal tarantula tree spider from Malaysia it’s an Omothymus species
I’m not sure which species it is exactly it could be a schiodtei from the mainland
but it could also be a different species which is not yet described but because
of the isolation of the island so I’m not going to call the species see you
schiodteii because it could be the possibility that it’s an endemic species
– this analog only and it’s not described species yet so we are going to
try to find both of them we have only three days so not sure if this will
happen but as I said we’re on an island and therefore let’s get some drone shots nice so actually we found Omothymus species sadly so far no big female but we found seven spiderlings and
juvenile specimens they are not in full color but I can show you a few videos
from it and also a few pictures they were all at a minimum of three meters
above the ground so for me there was no no chance to get them down on these big
big trees actually yeah we are still trying to find a big female for you the
I will let you know and you will see it here first high up in the trees we have a little spiderlings of Omothymus species but it’s so I can’t get it it’s like 400 millimeters on a APS-C and
it’s not even cropped so so we have the biggest specimen found here also really
really high up the trees so yeah this is the coastline of the island of langkawi
itself so you know first I did not want to tell you about the exact location of
the island but now the information is revealed anyway because friends of mine
actually the same team from France who found Phormingochilus pennelhewletti did manage to find
on the very same island just a few weeks later the exact same species and they
were able to take some pictures so here you can see the babies with this mom and
then this picture you could easily see big adult female which is on the very
high end on the tree itself and they are remarkably colored and they look
extremely beautiful but they might be just an island variant of Omothymus
most she’ll die but at the moment we are just not sure there is a juvenile one in
a tree branch and another adult female which is just extremely stunning looking
actually so these are the smaller ones and you can easily see the yeah yellow
seat a like yellow hairs all over the body sprinkled and this is just very
typical for arboreal species of this subfamily so quite amazing found and
yeah maybe next time we are more lucky and be able to find this species by
ourselves the reason or the fact that there were many spider legs in front of
some tree holes made me come to the conclusion that might be
because the females all had or all were protecting their offspring when I was there and
the team from France actually was there about one month later I think so they
just might hit the sweet spot on this location and of course I’m very happy
for them and of course it’s great that I’m able to use their pictures in this
video so you guys are able to see also the adult female and how the adult
female looks like what you see here is typical lowland rainforest in Malaysia
on this island langkawi itself actually this is um about 200 meters
above sea level so not right at the coast and you can see there’s just some
beautiful little river streams and the vegetation is extremely lush and green
so far it is extremely hard to find any spider on trees because as you see
everything is completely forested and the spider itself live up to 5 to 8
meters in height so it’s just not easy to see them and it’s even more difficult
to get them down to take some pictures now I so we just found our terrestrial
species it’s a Chilobrachys species and it’s blue like really really blue so I’m
not sure if this is the color from all the specimen on this island but maybe
it’s just a juvenile spiderling at color I’m sure it’s not adult yet so they might
have still the color of the juveniles and sometimes it’s more blueish anyway
it’s really nice looking tarantula so far we found only one specimen and maybe
we’ll get to see a bigger one and if not then we’re out of luck maybe
the Chilobrachys species I was able to spot on the roadside embankment and
where they were not that rare actually I found several different individuals but
sadly all at the same size and they have this pinkish bluish tone on the whole
body they’re quite amazing looking actually and I did find a another
specimen as well though which has kind of a different look to it and here is
one in ambush pretty position actually they’re just waiting for prey and that’s
the easiest way to spot them it’s during the night during the day you may be able
to see the silk webbings at the entrance but during the night you’ll easily be
able to see them when they’re occupied so that’s quite amazing so two nights no luck so far with the
big female of vomiting mousse we still have our last night here and of course I
hope we get to see a big female let’s see

18 thoughts on “Omothymus & Chilobrachys Tarantula in the wild! | Island Species from Malaysia

  1. Another awesome video as always, thank you so much for sharing, Omothymus schioedtei is one sp I need to add to my coĺlection!

  2. Super tolle Aufnahmen. Eine Idee: Ort auf Weltkugel und Klimadiagramm einblenden. Sind noch mehr Fakten…

  3. Very nice videos and fieldtrips!! Keep up the good work!
    By the way, this Chilobrachys was looked like a "khiri khan" to me also! Or just very smiliar.

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