Nine Colorful Species of Tarantulas Found in Brazil [Science News] — Dr Rogério Bertani, a tarantula specialist with the Instituto Butantan in Sao Paulo, has reported the discovery of nine species of tree-dwelling tarantulas from Central and Eastern Brazil, including four of the smallest arboreal species ever recorded..

Tree-dwelling (arboreal) tarantulas are known from a few tropical places in Asia, Africa, South and Central America and the Caribbean. They have a lighter build, thinner bodies and longer legs, better suited for their habitat. Their core area is the Amazon, from where most of the species are known and normally very common, living in the jungle or even in house’s surroundings.

Typhochlaena curumim

Typhochlaena amma

Typhochlaena costae

Typhochlaena paschoali

Pachistopelma bromelicola

Iridopelma vanini

Iridopelma katiae

Iridopelma marcoi

Iridopelma oliveirai


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