Chilobrachys sp. “Cambodia blue,” captive bred, native to Cambodian tropical savannah. Though closely related, this rather recently introduced species may be distinct from C. dyscolus/sp. “Vietnam blue.”
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The Chilobrachys genus claims a number of southeast (SE) Asian hobby species, including the described and well-known Chilobrachys dyscolus (Vietnam) and Chilobrachys fimbriatus (India). There are interesting hobby Chilobrachys not yet scientifically described. Some have circulated among us for years, others aren’t widely known.
From the Kingdom of Cambodia comes Chilobrachys sp. “Cambodia blue.” Cambodia, between Thailand to the west and Vietnam to the east, is dominated by alluvial, tropical savannah, historically densely forested. The lowest areas, exemplified here in Siem Reap District, surround SE Asia’s largest lake, Tonlé Sap, and flood regularly. Tributaries from higher elevations feed the Tonlé Sap Lake and River system, itself a complex tributary of the mighty Mekong.
The Mekong and Tonlé Sap supported ancient Khmer civilizations, which left behind temple ruins such as Preah Khan in Angkor (elev. 40-45m), capital of the Khmer Empire. The Mekong meets Tonlé Sap at Phnom Penh, then enters Vietnam, headed to the South China Sea.
Keeping and breeding parameters for C. sp. “Cambodia blue” are as for other Chilobrachys species. Similarities to C. dyscolus exist, such as behavior and the extent and distribution of blue. Differences exist, such as the size of mature males. Species “Cambodia blue” ultimate males rival Poecilotheria‘s in length. Those who keep C. dyscolus/C. sp. “Vietnam blue” along side C. sp. “Cambodia blue” may notice additional differences.
Above, first photo: adult female, post molt; second photo: adult female, intermolt; third photo: C. sp. “Cambodia blue” next to C. dyscolus, ultimate males.
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