Citharacanthus cyaneus, described as recently as 1994, is a dwarf species endemic to Cuba. The largest island in the Caribbean, and part of the Greater Antilles, Cuba lies at the northern boundary of the tropical zone, with an average daily temperature of 79F (26C). Average rainfall is 53 inches/year, with most of it falling between May and October:
(from Climate Change Knowledge Portal)
Both male and female C. cyaneus are brilliantly and uniquely colored, a combination of brown, orange, and purple. Females reach sexual maturity at 2 inches. We have raised C. cyaneus from 1/4″ spiderlings. They may be kept similarly to species in the major tarantula dwarf genus, Cyriocosmus. We’ve noticed fairly robust tolerance to moderate extremes of dryness and wetness, reflective perhaps of native habitat. The species is not easily agitated, unlike Neoholothele incei for example, and we’ve noticed no marked tendency to defensiveness.
Extreme beauty, unique coloration, relaxed temperament, and improved availability and pricing will bring C. cyaneus into hobby-favored status.