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 hobbyists have tried to keep N. incei in small groups. We routinely keep large numbers of spiderlings through young juveniles safely together. In our hands, keeping older instars together inevitably results in dwindling numbers, leading me to think stories of peaceable, communal N. incei living 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 photo above, courtesy O. Jackson-Weaver, shows a “gold” morph adult female.
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