Cyclosternum schmardae • 3/16 – 1/4″

Cyclosternum schmardae (yellow banded bird eater), captive-bred, native to the Ecuadorian Andes. A medium-small terrestrial not commonly seen in the hobby. Recommended for all experience levels.


Described in 1871 and the type species for the genus, Cyclosternum schmardae was collected in Ecuadorian Andes at 4000-5000 ft. [1] Distribution may extend north into Colombia and perhaps south into Peru.

Relatively uncommon in the hobby, little has been published on its behalf. Females mature at 4″ and may grow larger in adulthood. Colors vary depending on instar and stage in the molt cycle, but shades from light to dark brown dominate. Also present is faint striping at the knees and pale yellow banding at distal leg joints. C. schmardae does well with keeping parameters used for other members of the Cyclosternum genus.

Spiderlings here are eating newly hatched crickets and Drosophila hydei fruit flies.

[1] Ausserer, A. (1871a). Beiträge zur Kenntniss der Arachniden-Familie der Territelariae Thorell (Mygalidae Autor). Verhandlungen der Kaiserlich-Königlichen Zoologisch-Botanischen Gesellschaft in Wien 21: 117-224, pl. I.

Additional information

Weight 0.01 lbs
Dimensions 1.0 × 0.5 × 0.5 in