A popular dwarf species, Neoholothele incei “gold” (Trinidad gold) has color, hardiness, and fast growth in its favor. Ease of breeding is also a plus. The gold form is a natural recessive mutation of the wild type (Trinidad olive).
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. Another, 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 have tried to keep N. incei in small groups. We keep spiderlings through young juveniles together safely. In our hands, keeping older juveniles through adults together results in dwindling numbers; thus we suspect tales of peaceable, communal N. incei, apocryphal.
N. incei “gold” is a recessive color morph of the wild-type olive form. Keeping parameters are as for the olive form. Spiderlings offered here are instar 2-3. Females of either form mature at ~2″ and reach maximum size at ~2 1/2″.
The first photo above shows a young female. Second and third photos show specimens raised by customers, courtesy O. Jackson-Weaver, courtesy K. Ingersoll.
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