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

10.2476/asjaa.56.29

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scientific name

Heteropoda maxima Jäger 2001
status

 

Heteropoda maxima Jäger 2001 

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

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