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About 20cm diameter with the legs spread...
Cueva Santa Catalina, Cuba, around 300m from the closest entry.
It's a tarantula that's obvious... Please help me ID this!
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 ...
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!!!
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...
Don't know what to say yet... But anyway thanks Lars!
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...
WOW! Amazing scary spider! COOL!
Whoa! Great spot!Welcome to the Community MihaiER!
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.
Here's a great video on YouTube about tarantulas in Cuba: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8vEbIt1Z...
I'm safe, I was over 5000 miles from home when I spotted this... :)
my goodness - sort of glad he's on your side of the planet
Spotted on Jan 18, 2009 Submitted on Jan 23, 2012
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