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Mombasa starburst tarantula Captive breeding specimen. <br />
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I took a shot of a Mombasa golden starburst tarantula mid-run. My goodness, these characters are fast and highly defensive. <br />
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In natural habitat, these tarantulas are found in Angola, sub-Saharan Africa and the island of Zanzibar. They are ground-dwellers found in a variety of habitats, including bushes, low trees and burrows under rocks.<br />
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Also commonly referred to as the orange baboon tarantula. I understand there to be several colour forms of this species. <br />
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Juvenile female.  Araneae,Fall,Geotagged,Mombasa golden starburst tarantula,Mygalomorphae,Orange baboon tarantula,Pterinochilus murinus,Tarantula,Theraphosidae,United States,arachnid,arthropod,fauna,invertebrate,spider Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Mombasa starburst tarantula

Captive breeding specimen.

I took a shot of a Mombasa golden starburst tarantula mid-run. My goodness, these characters are fast and highly defensive.

In natural habitat, these tarantulas are found in Angola, sub-Saharan Africa and the island of Zanzibar. They are ground-dwellers found in a variety of habitats, including bushes, low trees and burrows under rocks.

Also commonly referred to as the orange baboon tarantula. I understand there to be several colour forms of this species.

Juvenile female.

    comments (4)

  1. Great shot, and as sharp as a needle Ruth. Posted one month ago
    1. Thanks Paul. Posted one month ago
  2. Fantastic species intro! I hear they're nicknamed OBT: Orange Bitey Thing, for its "confrontational personality". Posted one month ago
    1. Yes Ferdy. I mentioned the defensiveness in my narrative. It is really an acronym for orange baboon tarantula, but is taken in humour as orange bitey thing. I can attest to that - they are up there with our funnel webs for defensiveness, but I've yet to meet a funnel web that 'charges' as these do. Posted one month ago

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''Pterinochilus murinus'', is an old-world tarantula that 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. It is a member of the subfamily Harpactirinae, baboon spiders.

Similar species: Spiders
Species identified by Ruth Spigelman
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Uploaded Jun 30, 2020. Captured Oct 7, 2015 12:58 in 31 Evans St, Uniontown, PA 15401, USA.
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • f/2.8
  • 1/128s
  • ISO800
  • 100mm