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Newly discovered spider in Sri Lanka

Discussion in 'General Tarantula Discussion' started by ChazJ, Apr 3, 2013.

  1. ChazJ

    ChazJ Member

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    I'm not sure how many of you use Yahoo, but there was an article/video about a newly discovered spider in Sri Lanka of the Pokie genus. They call it Poecilotheria rajaei (It was named after a police investigator who showed a local researched the location). It's a tiger spider & is said to be about 8 inches long! As soon as I got done watching the video & reading the article, I had to come on here & ask if anyone had seen the article or knew about it.

    Here's a link to the article/video itself:
    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/trendin...der-nightmare-inducing-variety-174207130.html
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  3. Cobalt

    Cobalt Active Member 3 Year Member

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    Video not available in my country..:(

    Here's some additional information about this new species by the way
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  4. Uncle Charlie

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    Thank you for the info (and having quicker fingers than me lol).

    I actually have a very nice pdf file regarding this pokie but cant remember where I downloaded it from.

    Its amazing how similiar it is ventrally to the P regalis except for the little dot on the leg markings, and the fact that its from sri lanka and not india. The P fasciata and P hanumavilasumica sits in the same dilemma, yet again just a very slight leg pattern difference.

    I guess on very close inspection/exploring of the regions they might even discover more pokies, even maybe rediscover the P uniformis. Only time will tell.

    Whats the view on this forum regarding P subfusca HL and LL? The same specie or not and why do you say so?
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    Kurt Nelson Active Member 3 Year Member

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    I knew Uncle Charlie would be here! Pokie pokie and more pokie. Are you excited for a new addition to your collection in the future? :p
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    Only time will tell UC. Specie determination is of particular interest to me. For instance in the States we have leopard frogs. However, though they are identical in appearance, specimens from the northern end of the range and those from the southern cannot interbreed because they have drifted so far apart genetically. There is even a pocket of them in the northeast that populate an old stadium site that have been genetically isolated for enough generations that they themselves cannot interbreed with others found outside of their stadium.

    Plessey would be the one I would like to see weigh in on the HL vs LL matter....
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  7. Uncle Charlie

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    @Kurt... who knows... but I do doubt it. I lack space and that is a huge problem currently. Maybe if I can dedicate a room in the future to my pokies (and other T's) and they are available then I will.
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    Cobalt Active Member 3 Year Member

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    Probably don't have to worry too much about space seeing as they won't probably be on the marked until a pretty long time from now, hehe :p
  9. Uncle Charlie

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    Bwahahahahahahahaaaaaa.... so true Cobalt....
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    plessey Well-Known Member 3 Year Member

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  11. Uncle Charlie

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    Thank you for the link.

    Amen to what you are saying on the subfusca issue... people have almost started wars regarding this matter...
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    Bast Well-Known Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Cool article...too bad about the fear mongering headline though :mad: