Photo of the Day: Mombasa Golden Starburst Baboon Spider

 

Mombasa Golden Starburst Baboon Spider

The baboon spider Pterinochilus murinus, an old-world tarantula, was first described in 1897 by Reginald Innes Pocock. This species is found on the African continent, in Angola, as well as central, eastern, and southern Africa. Female Pterinochilus murinus can grow to 4–6 inches in size (measured from the tip of the front left leg, to the rear right leg), while males typically range from 3–4 inches. The spider’s abdomen, carapace, and legs have the same basic coloration, though the legs typically have brightly colored rings. The eyes are clustered together on a raised part of the carapace (in common with all tarantulas). The body is covered with short hairs, with longer hair present on the legs. This species is incredibly defensive and should not be held. The bite of this species, while not serious, is extremely painful. Moreover, the species is more than willing to inflict such a bite before presenting the typical threat display.

Mombasa Golden Starburst Baboon Spider

 

Mombasa Golden Starburst Baboon Spider

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