Type Locality : Dombagaskanda, Kalutara District, Western Province, Sri Lanka
Etymology : The specific name refers to co-founder of Idea Wild Joni Triantis Van Sickle, who was kind enough to donate research equipment to the first author and Idea Wild’s continuous support to further research in fauna and flora around the globe.
The mygalomorph spider family Theraphosidae is represented by 980 species in 144 genera
globally (World Spider Catalogue 2018). Within the family Theraphosidae sites the genus
Chilobrachys. The genus Chilobrachys is found in South and East Asia, with 27 described species
to date (World Spider Catalogue 2018). They are ground dwelling spiders, living in burrows
lined with silk and other debris (Nanayakkara, 2013, Nanayakkara 2014b). In Sri Lanka the
genus is represented by only one species, namely Nanayakkara 2014b), which also happens to be
the type species (species typica) for the genus.
Journal of the British Tarantula Society 34(2): 25-36