Phormictopus cancerides “Bayahibe” • 1”


Phormictopus cancerides “Bayahibe” (Bayahibe giant tarantula) captive bred, endemic to Hispaniola. Originally from Bayahibe, Dominican Republic. Large and defensive, but hardy and long-lived, recommended for intermediate-level keepers and above.

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Known to science since 1806, Phormictopus cancerides is widespread on the island of Hispaniola (divided politically into Haiti/Dominican Republic, west/east). [1] P. cancerides’ popularity may be attributed size, attractiveness, hardiness and longevity.

New spider species are found yearly on the islands of the Greater Antilles. In past decades, a number of new and presumed-new Phormictopus species have come from eastern Hispaniola (Dominican Republic). Greater attention may account for some of this trend. However, Hispaniola may simply be richer in species diversity than the other islands. Hispaniola has greater altitudinal variation than the larger island Cuba. [2] Varied elevation generates climatic and habitat diversity.

The species offered here, P. cancerides, is found throughout Hispaniola, including near Bayahibe in southeast Dominican Republic. Whether the purple, blue and various green ‘undescribed’ Phormictopus spp. introduced lately are color variations of P. cancerides or true new species is still up for science to decide. Collectors and breeders know to keep lineage separate, as they should for P. cancerides “Bayahibe.”

Spiderlings here are blue, typical of Hispaniolan Phormictopus, and are offspring of the parents in the above photos. They’re eating 1/4 – 3/8” crickets and have some have dug shallow tunnels. Most captive-adult Phormictopus use hides.

[1] Latreille, P. A. (1806). Genera crustaceorum et insectorum. Paris, tome 1, 302 pp. (Araneae, pp 82-127).

[2] Penney, D. and Pérez-Gelabert, D. E. (2002). Comparison of the Recent snd Miocene Hispaniolan spider faunas. Revista Ibérica de Aracnología 6, 203-223.

Additional information

Weight 0.01 lbs
Dimensions 1.0 × 0.5 × 0.5 in