Ecology of an American tarantula
, Aphonopelma hentzi (Theraphosidae).
A new species of North American tarantula
, Aphonopelma paloma (Araneae, Mygalomorphae, Theraphosidae).
However, there is one exception in the genus Ephebopus, a colorful South American tarantula
, where the urticating hairs occur on the palps rather than on the abdomen (Raven 1985).
"READY!" I heard myself saying as the soft, warm body of a South American tarantula
was carefully placed onto my hands.
The world's largest spider is a South American Tarantula
called Goliath - it's the size of a dinner plate and weighs 5oz.
This work was funded by a LCRS research grant, the American Tarantula
Society, and British Airways "Conservation Scheme." We are indebted to Steve Reichling for field advice, and to Andrew Smith for his faith that genetics may someday be useful in theraphosid systematics.
A multi-year probe that ultimately uncovered the smuggling of more than 1,500 CITES-protected Latin American tarantulas
began at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport when an inspector stopped a man bringing 8 rare spiders into the country without CITES permits.