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Aphonopelma iodius


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.


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


See comment from Aaron about the behavior in the video.

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Thanks Satyen :)

Wild Things
Wild Things 6 years ago

Great spotting Cindy!

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

Aaron_G 6 years 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 6 years 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 6 years 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 6 years 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 6 years 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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