Neoholothele incei was described in 1899, the result of F. O. Pickard’s trip to Trinidad to find new spider species. Trinidad lies off the coast of Venezuela. It is home to another well-known hobby species, Psalmopoeus cambridgei, discovered during the same trip. (Tapinauchenius plumipes was found in Suriname, not Trinidad as is sometimes claimed).
N. incei is the namesake of Dr. Ince, one of three collectors who provided specimens for description. Collector Thomas Potter described burrow structure (“always winds about”) and measured burrow depth (“ten inches”). In addition he wrote:
“I had two specimens taken from burrows near to each other, and, unfortunately, in captivity the larger spider, being a cannibal, devoured her weaker fellow prisoner.”
Many hobbyists have tried to keep N. incei in small groups. We routinely keep large numbers of spiderlings through young juveniles safely together. Keeping older juveniles through adults in groups inevitably results in dwindling numbers, which leads us to accept the notion of N. incei living peaceably in groups as apocryphal.