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Philippine Dwarf tarantula

Phlogiellus baeri


Big black hairy spider; length 5 cm (2 inches).


Hills overlooking Manila.


Not being too fond of spiders (!) it was a new challenge to get up close for a macro... But I was inspired by my fellow-PN-ers! :-)

1 species ID suggestions

Gina9210 6 years ago
Philippine Dwarf tarantula
Phlogiellus baeri


AnnvanWijgerden 5 years ago

Thanks bjohnson! Yes, on the photo he looks "so soft and fluffy" ... In real life he looked "so big and hairy"! :-)
Btw, I once rubbed a big hairy spider (NOT a tarantula) against my cheek. Needless to say, this was accidentally. The unfortunate creature happened to be sitting on a hand towel when I grabbed it to dry my face. From personal experience I can tell you that a spider can feel more like a young, hairy twig than a soft cuddly toy! :-}

bjohnson 5 years ago

He looks so soft and fluffy - great spotting!

AnnvanWijgerden 6 years ago

Thank you so much Gina for the ID!

Gina9210 6 years ago

The Phlogiellus baeri is a dwarf tarantula species commonly found in most parts of Luzon Island in the Philippines.

Santa Cruz, Metro Manila, Philippines

Lat: 14.60, Long: 120.98

Spotted on Aug 17, 2011
Submitted on Aug 17, 2011

Spotted for mission

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