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Tarantula

Aphonopelma iodius

Description:

Large, hairy, brown, gray and red spider with a triangle shape around the eyes. The end of the abdomen has long, red hairs. There are also red hairs on the legs.

Habitat:

Grassy area surrounded by Oak forest about 1650 feet or .5 km in elevation. "Common in California, Nevada and Utah." - Nat. Hist. of Orange County

Notes:

See comment from Aaron about the behavior in the video.

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12 Comments

Thanks Satyen :)

Wild Things
Wild Things a year ago

Great spotting Cindy!

Thank you Aaron! I was thinking It was calling a mate. Thank your friend for me as well :)

Aaron_G
Aaron_G a year ago

Cindy, I had an arachnologist acquaintance look at the video and this is her assessment: "It's a great video of a male Aphonopelma sp. tapping on the ground to get an underground female's attention, I believe. She can tell the difference between the vibrations made by prey and those made by a mate... and will eventually rush out to the burrow entrance where mating takes place. I think they usually do it within a few centimeters of the burrow entrance, above ground. Hope this helps! :-)"

Thank you Leuba! It looks like its playing the piano or something :) I looked last summer for a tarantula with no luck so I've been waiting a year for my next chance. It was a good day.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway a year ago

great series Cindy ! he seems a little tentative on dry grass- thanks for the video. I think that's as close as I'd ever get to a moving live Tarantula, I think.

Thank you Yasser! I just uploaded the video of this beauty :)

Yasser
Yasser a year ago

Wonderful Cindy! Such an awesome spider and your photos are perfect.

Thank you Aaron! I was so excited to finally spot one. I believe it's mating season for Tarantulas. When the video is finished processing in a few minutes, would you take a look and see if its movements are to attract a mate?

Aaron_G
Aaron_G a year ago

Your lead image is absolutely perfect.

It sure was! I have video I'm working on too. Not that exciting but you can see how it uses its feet to feel the grass.

Aaron_G
Aaron_G a year ago

What a beauty!

Escondido, California, USA

Lat: 33.17, Long: -117.05

Spotted on Sep 11, 2012
Submitted on Sep 13, 2012

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