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Three New Tarantula Species Discovered In Argentina
2014-05-08 03:38:13

Pensoft Publishers A team of scientists from the Universidad de La República, Uruguay discovered three native to northern Argentina new species of the engaging spider group of the tarantulas. The study describing the newly found tarantulas was published in the open access journal ZooKeys. The often hairy and very large spiders known as tarantulas are one of the most famous arachnid groups. Despite their ill fame as vicious killers most tarantulas are harmless to humans. Most tarantulas...

Researchers Find New Giant Spider In Sri Lanka
2013-04-04 18:28:36

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online Arachnophobes beware: scientists have found an enormous, previously undiscovered species of tarantula — said to be about the same size as a human face — in a remote village in Sri Lanka. The species, which was discovered by the South Asian country´s Biodiversity Education and Research (BER) agency, has “unique daffodil-yellow markings” on its eight-inch long legs and a “distinctive pink...

New Endangered Tarantulas Discovered In Brazil
2012-10-31 04:39:58

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A few tropical habitats in Asia, Africa, South and Central America, and the Caribbean are known for being home to arboreal tarantulas, which are generally lighter in build, have thinner bodies and longer legs. This allows them to better climb different surfaces and makes them more agile than land based spiders. The core area for arboreal tarantulas is in the Amazon where most of the species are known and relatively common, living in...

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2011-05-16 08:15:00

Climbing is possibly one of the riskiest things an adult tarantula can do. Weighing in at anything up to 50gm, the dry attachment systems that keep daintier spiders firmly anchored are on the verge of failure in these colossal arachnids. 'The animals are very delicate. They wouldn't survive a fall from any height,' explains Claire Rind from the University of Newcastle, UK. In 2006, Stanislav Gorb and his colleagues published a paper in Nature suggesting that tarantulas may save themselves...

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2010-12-06 06:00:00

Officials said Friday that U.S. authorities have arrested a German man for smuggling hundreds of tarantulas and other spiders into the country. Prosecutors said that Sven Koppler, 37, was arrested Thursday after arriving in Los Angeles to meet an associate, following a nine-month investigation dubbed "Operation Spiderman." The investigation started in March when customs officers found 300 live tarantulas during a routine search of a package. U.S. Fish and Wildlife agents then intercepted a...

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2010-01-01 14:15:00

The owner of a pet tarantula in England recently got an unpleasant surprise after cleaning out the cage of his eight-legged companion. After suffering from a severe eye inflammation for more than three weeks, the man went to a local clinic to have it checked out.  Upon examination, doctors told him that he appeared to have tiny hairs protruding from his eyeball "” at which point the man recalled that his pet arachnid had sprayed his face with a barrage of tiny hairs when he had...

2007-08-17 15:02:20

SMITHTOWN, N.Y. - An orange tarantula with venomous fangs was rescued Friday after its owner said he could no longer care for it. "This is the kind of spider that nightmares are made of," said Roy Gross, chief of the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. He said the spider is aggressive and can jump 3 feet and bite with its large fangs. The bites are dangerous to humans. The spider, known as an ornate golden baboon, has a fat body 5 inches long that is covered...


Latest Theraphosidae Reference Libraries

Baboon Spider, Pterinochilus murinus
2014-08-29 11:57:31

The Baboon Spider (Pterinochilus murinus), an old-world tarantula, was initially described in 1897 by Reginald Innes Pocock. This species is found on the African continent, in Angola, as well as central, eastern, and southern Africa. Among those who keep tarantulas as pets, Pterinochilus murinus is known as “OBT”, which means Orange Baboon Tarantula or Orange Bitey Thing, and also as the Pterror, a pun on its Latin genus classification: Pterinochilus. These nicknames are in reference...

Skeleton Tarantula, Ephebopus murinus
2014-08-29 11:32:08

The Skeleton Tarantula (Ephebopus murinus) is a species of spider belonging to the Theraphosidae family, a sub-family of Aviculariinae. This New World species is native to several South American countries. Its common name comes from the skeleton-like markings on its legs. The generic name, Ephebopus comes from the Greek meaning “youthful” plus “foot”, and the specific name, murinus is from the Latin meaning “mouse-colored”. The adult E. murinus normally grows to a leg span of...

Antilles Pinktoe Tarantula, Avicularia versicolor
2014-08-29 11:06:39

The Antilles Pinktoe Tarantula (Avicularia versicolor), known also as the Martinique Red Tree Spider or the Martinique Pinktoe, is native to Guadeloupe and Martinique within the Caribbean Sea, but is a popular spider pet because of its docile nature and unique coloration. These tarantulas are arboreal (tree-dwelling). They spin intricate funnel webs in which they spend the majority of their time. While in captivity, cage height is much more significant than floor space. The décor is made...

Mexican Fireleg, Brachypelma boehmei
2013-09-09 10:14:11

The Mexican Fireleg (Brachypelma beohmei), known also as the Mexican Rustleg Tarantula, is a tarantula that is native to Mexico in Guerrero state. These spiders prefer semi-humid climates and are obligate terrestrial burrowers. As with all closely related tarantula species, they defend themselves with their urticating hairs when they are provoked. They’re not the easiest species to keep in captivity and should only be considered as a pet once comfortable with keeping other species....

Pinktoe Tarantula, Avicularia avicularia
2013-08-26 13:45:54

The Pinktoe Tarantula (Avicularia avicularia) is a species of tarantula that is native to South America, Costa Rica to Brazil, and the southern Caribbean. The species is occasionally called the Guyana Pinktoe, Common Pinktoe, or the South American Pinktoe. A mature individual of this species has a dark-colored body and pinkish feet, in keeping with its name. The juvenile specimens, however, have pinkish bodies and dark-colored feet. The Pinktoe tarantulas undergo a reversal in their...

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Word of the Day
bodacious
  • Remarkable; prodigious.
  • Audacious; gutsy.
  • Completely; extremely.
  • Audaciously; boldly.
  • Impressively great in size; enormous; extraordinary.
This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'
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