Title: Lasiocyano Sazimai: The Brazilian Blue Tarantula
The Lasiocyano sazimai, commonly known as the Brazilian Blue or Iridescent Blue Tarantula, is an exquisite and captivating species native to the Bahia, Minas Gerais, and Chapada Diamantina regions of Brazil. This paper explores various aspects of Lasiocyano sazimai, including its physical characteristics, habitat, behavior, and conservation status. Furthermore, it provides insights for enthusiasts looking to keep this remarkable tarantula in captivity.
The Lasiocyano sazimai, a member of the Theraphosidae family, stands out for its mesmerizing iridescent blue coloration. Discovered and described in 2011 by Rogério Bertani, Roberto Hiroaki Nagahama, and Caroline Sayuri Fukushima, this species has gained popularity among hobbyists worldwide. This paper delves into the unique features of Lasiocyano sazimai and sheds light on its captivating characteristics.
2. Taxonomy and Nomenclature:
Initially recognized as Pterinopelma sazimai, Lasiocyano sazimai is a monotypic genus, showcasing the sole species within its classification. The transition in nomenclature reflects the dynamic nature of taxonomy. The species name honors the contributions of Brazilian zoologist Ivan Sazima, the first to collect exemplars of this tarantula.
3. Physical Characteristics:
Lasiocyano sazimai boasts an iridescent blue hue throughout its body, except for the opisthosoma, which may exhibit blue coloration covered in reddish hairs. The variation in color intensity adds to the intrigue of this tarantula. Additionally, the species may exhibit arboreal traits and opportunistic burrowing behavior.
4. Habitat and Natural Behavior:
The native habitat of Lasiocyano sazimai is an ecological island within the Chapada Diamantina National Park in Bahia, Brazil. This region experiences fluctuating temperatures, with an average of 20°C and annual precipitation of approximately 1000mm. The tarantula shares its habitat with diverse flora and fauna, including bromeliads, orchids, ocelots, Rock cavies, and Teius teyou.
5. Captive Care:
Enthusiasts interested in keeping Lasiocyano sazimai in captivity must consider its natural behavior. The tarantula’s opportunistic burrowing tendencies necessitate providing ample structure and substrate within enclosures. While reasonable to work with, Lasiocyano sazimai may exhibit skittish behavior when startled. Keepers should be cautious and avoid persistent annoyance to prevent the tarantula from flicking urticating bristles.
6. Conservation Status:
Lasiocyano sazimai faces threats in the wild, including habitat loss and smuggling. As of now, the species is considered endangered. Conservation efforts are crucial to protect this captivating tarantula and its unique habitat.
The Brazilian Blue Tarantula, Lasiocyano sazimai, stands as a testament to the diversity and beauty of the arachnid world. Its captivating appearance, coupled with its intriguing behavior, makes it a sought-after species among enthusiasts. This paper serves as a comprehensive guide for those interested in learning more about Lasiocyano sazimai, both in its natural habitat and within the realm of captive care.