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Wild tarantula roaming

Discussion in 'Field Trips (Natural Habitats)' started by Aquarimax, Sep 21, 2018.

  1. Aquarimax

    Aquarimax Arachnoangel

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    This beauty is the second tarantula I’ve ever seen wild...this was near the mouth of a canyon along the Wasatch Mountains in Utah. Time was between 7 and 8 pm, Sept. 13th. The creature remained quite still while we observed and photographed it. I hear it’s the time of year when mature males are out looking for a lady friend...
    From what I gather, this is an Aphonopelma sp., possibly A. iodius?
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  2. Teal

    Teal Arachnoemperor Old Timer

    What a handsome dude! Aphonopelma are all we have in the US, but species is harder to narrow down. Mature male colouration can GREATLY vary between individuals, but the MM A. iodius I have seen in the wild (dozens and dozens) have been darker and never had a light carapace.

    Congratulations on the find!
     
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  3. Dovey

    Dovey Arachnobaron

    Could be a chalcodes. I'm not sure what their northern extreme of range is, but it looks like one. MMs lose the blond on their legs and have that bright copper carapace. It's a beauty, whatever it is!
     
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  4. Aquarimax

    Aquarimax Arachnoangel

    Thank you! Tarantulas are one of the few taxa my wife has asked me not to keep, but it was fun observing this one in the wild. Even she was ok with seeing it. :D
     
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  5. Aquarimax

    Aquarimax Arachnoangel

    That makes sense....I will look up that species, thank you!
     
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