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Animals of Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve, Nicaragua

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Tarantulas and Wandering Spiders in Nicaragua

Theraphosidae and Ctenidae

Tarantulas certainly carry a heavy reputation as fearsome, dangerous animals. They are among the largest arthropods of the forest, but toward humans, almost always docile. The tarantulas of Nicaragua are not lifethreatening, nor are they agressive. The tarantulas (Family Theraphosidae) and the wandering spiders (Family Ctenidae) are two kinds of hunting spiders which are common in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve, but little is known about them. Here we present some photographs of hunting spiders from both families, taken in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve.

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A theraphosid spider (tarantula) from Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve, Nicaragua. Photo by Witold Lapinski.


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A theraphosid spider (tarantula) from Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve, Nicaragua. Photo by Witold Lapinski.


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A theraphosid spider (tarantula) from Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve, Nicaragua. Photo by Witold Lapinski.


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A theraphosid spider (tarantula) from Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve, Nicaragua. Photo by Witold Lapinski.


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A theraphosid spider (tarantula) from Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve, Nicaragua. Photo by Witold Lapinski.


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A wandering spider (Family Ctenidae) from Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve, Nicaragua. Photo by Witold Lapinski.


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A wandering spider (Family Ctenidae) among the countless unnamed arthropods found in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve, Nicaragua. Photo by Witold Lapinski.


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The environment of Laguna de Apoyo, Nicaragua, is natural and nearly unspoiled, with plenty of wildlife.

 

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Seed collection is performed locally to promote the conservation of local genetic varieties of plants for natural forest restoration.

 

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The forest in side the crater in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve contains dozens of reptile species.

 

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Thanks to the efforts of FUNDECI/GAIA and the contributions of visitors to Estación Biológica, these children can attend the new, beautiful "Heroes y Mártires de Xiloá" school near the shore of Laguna de Xiloá in Chiltepe Peninsula Nature Reserve. Photo by Belen Camino

 

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Field identification of the reptiles of Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve, Nicaragua. Photo by Kolby Kirk.

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Many species of snakes are common in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve, Nicaragua.

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This tiny snake, Tantilla armillata, was the first of its species to be found in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve. Photo by Lewis Honour.

 

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Estacion Biologica Laguna de Apoyo and Apoyo Spanish School are beneath this scenic view of Laguna de Apoyo from Catarina.