Heteropoda maxima Jäger 2001

Jäger, Peter, 2007, Spiders from Laos with descriptions of new species (Arachnida: Araneae), Acta Arachnologica 56 (1), pp. 29-58 : 54

publication ID

https://doi.org/ 10.2476/asjaa.56.29

DOI

https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.6250847

persistent identifier

https://treatment.plazi.org/id/D27487BF-FF9B-3B1E-FA93-33BC7641FDA0

treatment provided by

Jeremy

scientific name

Heteropoda maxima Jäger 2001
status

 

Heteropoda maxima Jäger 2001

Material examined. 1 female ( SMF 56573 ), L31, cave, 28.11.2003, PJ 2509 GoogleMaps . 1 female with egg sac ( SMF, in exhibition ), L31, cave, 28.11.2003 GoogleMaps . 1 female ( SMF 56638 ), L31, cave, by hand, 30.X.2004, PJ 2507, SD 111 GoogleMaps . 1 juvenile ( SMF 56632 ), L32, cave, by hand, 28.11.2003, PJ 1844 GoogleMaps . 1 juvenile ( SMF 56633 ), L32, cave, by hand, 28.11.2003, PJ 1845 GoogleMaps . 1 male (PJ 2510), 1 female (PJ 2511, SD 110) ( SMF 56634 ), L32, cave, by hand, 29.X.2004 GoogleMaps . 1 male (PJ 2512), 1 female (PJ 2513) ( SMF 56533 ), L34, cave, by hand, 29.X.2004, PJ 2508, SD 118 GoogleMaps . 1 female ( SMF 56637 ), L34, cave, by hand, 30.X.2004, PJ 2508, SD 118 GoogleMaps . 1 female with egg sac ( SMF 56572 ), L35, cave, by hand, 27.11.2003, PJ 1838 GoogleMaps . 1 female with egg sac (PJ 2514), 4 juveniles ( SMF 56574 ), L35, cave, by hand, Jäger leg. 27.11.2003 GoogleMaps .

Expeditons in 2003 and 2004 showed that the species is abundant in a number of caves. Spiders were observed in the entrance area with the impact of sunlight and in dark places deep in the caves. As potential prey cave crickets and cave centipedes ( Scutigeromorpha : genus Thereuopoda ) were observed. Thereuopoda specimens were directly observed as prey of Heteropoda maxima and vice versa, H. maxima as prey of Thereuopoda sp. Additional material of large-sized cave dwelling specimens belonging to the same species-group as H. maxima from eastern Khammouan Province (Ban Thathot and caves west of this village) and from Vang Vieng needs thorough revision before statements about species identidy can be made.

SMF

Germany, Frankfurt-am-Main, Forschungsinstitut und Naturmuseum Senckenberg

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Arachnida

Order

Araneae

Family

Sparassidae

Genus

Heteropoda