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Description:

About 20cm diameter with the legs spread...

Habitat:

Cueva Santa Catalina, Cuba, around 300m from the closest entry.

Notes:

It's a tarantula that's obvious... Please help me ID this!

3 Species ID Suggestions

LarsKorb
LarsKorb 8 years ago
Giant Birdeater
Theraphosa blondi
MihaiER
MihaiER 8 years ago
Phormictopus cancerides Phormictopus cancerides
MrJohn
MrJohn 8 years ago
None
Brachypelma vagans. They have been found in southern Florida as well. This does have a little color variant to it, so it could be a new sub-genus , B. cubana ?


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15 Comments

ToddTahtinen
ToddTahtinen 7 years ago

None of the guesses are correct, so far ... It's either a Citharacanthus sp. or a Phormictopus sp. (but not P. cancerides) ... Looking into it further ...

MihaiER
MihaiER 8 years ago

Thanks Greg!

GregMayberry
GregMayberry 8 years ago

I really have no idea WHAT it is, but I am quite certain that it is not T. blondi. It appears to be a very large theraphosid, but body shape is wrong for blondi. Whatever it is, you have a beautiful picture!!!

LarsKorb
LarsKorb 8 years ago

You're welcome - I may be wrong and the hispanian one is it. At least both is possible and if I refer to the actual pic of yours, I'd tend to the Birdeater.
But Tarantulas can grow pretty old and I guess there are also changing signs of age (such as greyish hair), plus differences of male and female...

MihaiER
MihaiER 8 years ago

Don't know what to say yet... But anyway thanks Lars!

LarsKorb
LarsKorb 8 years ago

It appears more to be a Giant Birdeater - darker "fur" and no violet center of the back.
Eventhough the Giant Birdeater is common in South America; it wouldn't have that much shipping way to Cuba...

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 8 years ago

WOW! Amazing scary spider! COOL!

MihaiER
MihaiER 8 years ago

Thanks Karen!

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

Whoa! Great spot!
Welcome to the Community MihaiER!

Apple
Apple 8 years ago

I tried to do some research on your tarantula but to no avail...not that much information out there about Cuban tarantulas that is reliable. But, I did figure out there are 20+ species of tarantula in Cuba.

MihaiER
MihaiER 8 years ago

Thanks Apple!

Apple
Apple 8 years ago

Here's a great video on YouTube about tarantulas in Cuba: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8vEbIt1Z...

MihaiER
MihaiER 8 years ago

I'm safe, I was over 5000 miles from home when I spotted this... :)

ShannaB
ShannaB 8 years ago

Me too!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

my goodness - sort of glad he's on your side of the planet

MihaiER
Spotted by
MihaiER

Matanzas, Cuba

Spotted on Jan 18, 2009
Submitted on Jan 23, 2012

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