English : Mexican red rump tarantula
French : Mygale à genoux blancs
Class : Arachnida
Order : Araneae
Family : Theraphosidae
Notes : No subspecies known.
Leg span up to 14 cm, body length is about 5.5 cm, smaller for males. Cephalothorax and legs jet black with no markings. Abdomen is velvet black with conspicuous dark red hairs. Short black hairs on legs.
Range and habitat
The species occurs in Central America, and is found in the south part of the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico and nearby Belize and Guatemala. Introduced in Florida. Lives in tropical moist forests, sometimes near human settlements.
IUCN RED LIST : LEAST CONCERN
CITES : Appendix II
Status : The species has a relatively large range and its populations, although declining because of habitat loss and overcollection, are not yet fragmented.
Ex-Situ Programs : None known
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