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Philippine Dwarf Tarantula

Phlogiellus baeri


A Philippine Dwarf Tarantula protecting a sac of eggs.This species is endemic to the Philippines .


urban area

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Hi I think I've managed to find 2 on the island of Bohol in the Bilar municipiality. not sure on gender of either spider. sorry to say that both were disturbed and fed to our resident tarsiers as i am volunteering with a non tourist linked tarsier conservation project.

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 9 years ago

Thank you for your comments Jemma!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago
Here is one male I found on Mt Diablo. The female with an egg sac would be a very rare spotting for us. This year there was a fire on Mt Diablo. Usually they spot 18 males/day. But this year they saw on an average. it took me two hours to find this Tarantula.
Tarantulas are fascinating because they are as ancient as the dinosaurs. They have been crawling around virtually unchanged,for 20 years.
They are fragile and should be handled with care!!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

I really hope she is able to carry her egg sac to safety!

Brian Santos
Brian Santos 10 years ago

Fantastic Noel ! Let's try to document some information as regards to this particular spider.

Thanks for the help.

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 10 years ago

@ Brian: The exact place was a vacant lot beside a perimeter wall of the village. There was an on-going repair of the wall and maybe the habitat of the tarantula was disturbed. Unfortunately, I did not see any more tarantula when I went back to the place a few hours later. I will email you the other info. as soon as get them. Thanks.

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 10 years ago

Thanks Atul!

Atul 10 years ago

Lovely Specimen Noel :)

Brian Santos
Brian Santos 10 years ago

Have you seen their habitat ? was the Theraposidae in a burrow or in a cave like place or on an elevated platform ?

I would appreciate if you can send me some photos of their habitat and record the temp and humidity of the place where you find them.

Thanks a lot in advance.

Brian Santos
Brian Santos 10 years ago

Great ! Is there a way to get some sample specimens from your end ? I need at least 10 pcs or so for systematics comparison from P. baeri that we got from Mt. Orani, Bataan.

There has been some information that Dwarf Tarantulas from different location in Luzon have different Taxonomy.

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 10 years ago

@Brian: In Filinvest, Quezon City. Thanks!

Brian Santos
Brian Santos 10 years ago

Hi Noel where did you spot this ? very nice capture.

Noel Buensuceso
Spotted by
Noel Buensuceso

Quezon City, Philippines

Spotted on Oct 15, 2012
Submitted on Oct 15, 2012

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