In 1888 one “Dr. Ludwig” collected a blue spider in Paraguaná, Venezuela. Embrik Strand described the preserved specimen in 1907 and after a genus revision it became known as Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens.
Paraguaná is a peninsula in northern Venezuela. But for a tiny isthmus it is an island in the Caribbean, with some texts classifying it as the westernmost of the Lesser Antilles. Paraguaná has a dry climate associated with coastal dunes and desert flora (Paraguaná xeric scrub [shrub]) and fauna. Desert may not be one’s first thought given a Venezuelan endemic, but Paraguaná’s biogeography contrasts with continental Venezuela, home to Psalmopoeus irminia and Theraphosa blondi. Indeed, knowledge of Paraguaná’s biogeography and climate has helped surmount C. cyaneopubescens breeding difficulty.
Raising C. cyaneopubescens is easy. All instars are hardy, particularly so beyond the first few. Desert conditions need not (best not) be mimicked—in the wild this spider spends most of its time in a burrow. Captive specimens seem to prefer hides to digging. Adult coloration appears at 3” or so. Temperament is mid-range so best to avoid mishaps by keeping hands away.
This video shows C. cyaneopubescens in the wild (scroll to 16:30).
This webpage shows C. cyaneopubescens in a biotopic terrarium.
The first photo above shows adult coloration, the second shows the color pattern of spiderling/juveniles.
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