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).
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.
The bite of a native American tarantula
(genus Aphonopelma) is very mild; one really has to threaten an Aphonopelma spider to get bit.
This work was funded by a LCRS research grant, the American Tarantula
Society, and British Airways "Conservation Scheme.
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.