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Poecilotheria subfusca

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Description

These tarantulas have dull black and yellow bodies with a light-coloured band characteristic of the species down the centre of the abdomen. The brown and grey legs have yellow markings. Males are duller coloured than females. P. subfusca are the largest tarantulas in genus Poecilotheria, with bodies up to 6 cm long and legspans of up to 14 to 16 cm.

Country of origin

Sri Lanka
French name
Mygale
Scientific name
Poecilotheria subfusca
English name
Ivory ornamental tarantula
Class
Arachnida
Order
Theraphosidae
Family
Araneidae
Living environment

Diet

These tarantulas feed primarily on insects.

Habitat

This species lives in mountainous regions, hidden under tree bark or in hollow (dead or live) trees.

Geographic distribution

India and Sri Lanka.

Ecological role

Their importance in maintaining balance in their ecosystem remains unknown.

Special behaviour

These tarantulas tend to hide in their shelters when disturbed.

Interesting facts

Status

All species in genus Poecilotheria are threatened by habitat loss, the pet trade and, to a lesser extent, pesticides. Experts have recommended that these species be added to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) list to help protect them.

Interesting facts and curiosities

They belong to the arboreal tarantula group. They have less stocky bodies than terrestrial or burrowing tarantulas. In addition, their long, hairy legs provide more air resistance in case of falls.

At the Insectarium

In captivity, they eat crickets.

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