Aphonopelma seemanni

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Costa Rican Zebra Tarantula
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Suborder: Mygalomorphae
Family: Theraphosidae
Genus: Aphonopelma
Species: A. seemanni
Binomial name
Aphonopelma seemanni
(F. O. P-Cambridge, 1897)
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Synonyms

Eurypelma seemanni
Rhechostica seemanni

The Costa Rican Zebra Tarantula, also known as the Striped-knee Tarantula (Aphonopelma seemanni), inhabits most of western Costa Rica, as well as other parts of Central America, such as Honduras and Nicaragua, and possibly Guatemala. It is usually black with white stripes near the joint, however a brown color formation also exists for the spider.

Zebra tarantulas are deep-burrowing spiders. They live in open semi-arid scrublands, and are often found in large aggregations. The deep burrows keep the temperature below the highest daytime temperatures, and retain humidity. Conversely as temperatures drop at night, the burrows buffer away from the lowest temperatures.

Zebra tarantulas can grow to about 10–13 cm including legspan. Females can live up to 20 years. Males however, tend to live a much shorter life of up to five years, with approximately a single year of maturity. Diet consists of many insects. In the wild, they will eat a wide variety of insects such as grasshoppers and cockroaches. In captivity they will eat crickets.

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