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Pterinochilus murinus

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Photo: Martin Gamache

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Description

These tarantulas can reach 12 to 14 cm. Their bodies are from 6 to 7 cm long. They are recognizable by the sunburst pattern on the cephalothorax. The rear part of the cephalothorax is gold, and the rest is black and gold. The juveniles are grey.

Country of origin

Kenya
French name
Mygale babouin orange
Scientific name
Pterinochilus murinus
English name
Mombasa golden starburst tarantula
Class
Arachnida
Order
Theraphosidae
Family
Araneidae
Living environment

Diet

In the wild they eat insects, other spiders, and small reptiles and rodents.

Habitat

They live in grasslands and semi-dry regions.

Geographic distribution

Kenya and Tanzania

Ecological role

As predators, they help to maintain the balance of nature in their habitat.

Special behaviour

They tend to remain hidden beneath their thick webs.

They are very alert and move very quickly. May be aggressive if disturbed.

Interesting facts

Status

The species is common in its range.

Interesting facts and curiosities

In Africa they are known as “Usumbura” or “Usumbara.” In English they are also known as orange baboon tarantulas.

The species has different colour variants (black, orangeish-grey, dark orange) depending on the region. The variations seem to be linked to the soil colour.

At the Insectarium

Like other tarantula species, they eat only live prey. In captivity they are fed crickets and cockroaches.

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