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Orange Kneed Tarantula

Megaphobema mesomelas

Description:

Retreating down a burrow.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Costa Rican Red Leg Tarantula
Megaphobema mesomelas


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6 Comments

John G. Phillips
John G. Phillips 8 years ago

Yes, it is in the reserve.

ToddTahtinen
ToddTahtinen 8 years ago

Admittedly, common names often don't count for much, especially with arthropods. Scientific names are all that really matters, bottom line.

ToddTahtinen
ToddTahtinen 8 years ago

Yes ... Except that I added the generally accepted common name, Costa Rican Red Leg Tarantula, as opposed to "Orange Kneed" ... Love these tarantulas ... Have seen them a bajillion times in the wild and have kept a couple as pets, as well ... Anyway, very nice picture ... Nearly all the ones I've ever seen have been living in horizontal burrows into vertical surfaces. Very cool seeing your pic with one with a burrow in what appears to be a mostly horizontal surface. Is that in the reserve?

John G. Phillips
John G. Phillips 8 years ago

Yes Todd, Monteverde. Also, the species you suggested is the same as what it is already ID'ed as. Did you mean to put that? Also, thanks Gilma!

Gorgeous!! velvet black and orange, looks stunning.

ToddTahtinen
ToddTahtinen 8 years ago

Nice picture ... Where was this, Monteverde/Santa Elena vicinity?

John G. Phillips
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John G. Phillips

Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Spotted on Jun 15, 2011
Submitted on Jan 4, 2013

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