Chilobrachys fimbriatus (Indian violet tarantula), captive bred, endemic to India’s Western Ghats. Delicately patterned and uniquely colored, recommended for advanced keepers. Venom likely medically significant.
Among the members of the Chilobrachys genus, Chilobrachys fimbriatus from the Republic of India has hobby favored status. No other species available has similar color and pattern.
R. I. Pocock described C. fimbriatus in 1899, recording locality as Khandalla , also known as the hill station at Khandala, India, southeast of Mumbai. Seeking respite from oppressive heat, British colonial rulers built hill stations throughout southern and southeast Asia, as well as parts of Africa. Khandala Hill Station (elev. 1800 ft.) is in the Western Ghats, specifically the Northern Western Ghats. From June to September, Arabian Sea winds bring monsoon rain to western India, delivering more water to the Western Ghats than to nearly any other part of India. The result is a tropical wet climate (Köppen Aw) and verdant slopes. Winter is the dry season.
C. fimbriatus lives in burrows. Field studies by iNaturalist.org locate C. fimbriatus northwest of Khandala, toward Mumbai, and as far south as the state of Goa (see inset).
Newcomers to the hobby are typically advised to stay away from Old World tarantulas–for good reason. C. fimbriatus can turn on a dime, inserting fangs and venom before you know what’s happened.
Those advancing from New to Old World tarantulas will take precautions, keeping hands and fingers away. Venom is likely medically significant.
Otherwise, C. fimbriatus presents no difficulties. As with most Asian species, slightly higher humidity, generated in any number of ways, seems beneficial. Growth is moderately fast. Females mature at about 4″.
This video shows C. fimbriatus in the wild (Goa, India).
May would-be breeders and keepers interested in naturalistic setups find helpful leads in the above brief.
 Pocock, R. I. (1899d). Diagnoses of some new Indian Arachnida. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 12: 744-753.
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