Colombian lesserblack tarantula

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Colombian lesserblack tarantula
Xenesthis immanis.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Family: Theraphosidae
Genus: Xenesthis
Species: X. immanis
Binomial name
Xenesthis immanis
(Ausserer, 1875)

The Colombian lesserblack tarantula[1] (Xenesthis immanis) is a tarantula originating from Colombia. It is a relatively large spider with a body length reaching 6–7 cm, and frequently displays a commensal mutualistic relationship with the Microhylid Frog Chiasmocleis ventrimaculata. [2]

In media[edit]

The spider made an appearance in the National Geographic documentary Wild Amazon.


  1. ^ Common Names of Arachnids, American Arachnological Society (2003)
  2. ^ Reginald B. Cocroft and Keith Hambler, "Observations on a Commensal Relationship of the Microhylid Frog Chiasmocleis ventrimaculata and the Burrowing Theraphosid Spider Xenesthis immanis in Southeastern Peru", Biotropica Vol. 21 No. 1 (1989)