Wednesday, July 28, 2004

A. geniculata

One of the most stunning of arachnids is the Acanthoscurria geniculata, aka the giant white knee tarantula. This is a massive species with spectacular coloration and a voracious appetite. They are bulky and strong, yet only moderately aggressive. Unlike most of the larger terrestrial tarantulas (e.g. Theraphosa blondi, Lasiodora parahybana), it is actually quite colorful, as indicated by the bright white stripes on its leg joints.

The hairs of this species have been known to be quite irritating, although personal experience varies considerably. I have held one of these creatures before, with ho adverse effects; however, since they are known to be semi-aggressive, I have refrained from holding them in recent years. I would rather not break my record of never having been bitten, ever.

This species is native to Brazil, just as Lasiodora parahybana is. It was an immediate hit with tarantula hobbyists, due to its combination of size and attractiveness. It is not recommended for beginning tarantula wranglers, though.