Texas Tarantula (Aphonopelma) 101108 pg 3

Texas Tarantula (Aphonopelma) Sara P, Spring Branch TX, frontalThe photo on the left shows the frontal body, including the full lengths of both pedipalps. Their tarsal segments long and slender, displaying distal emboli, make this a male. The front portions of the basal chelicerae (the fangs are hidden, under and posterior to the lower portion of each chelicera). Two eyes reflect the camera's flash behind a clypeal hump that separates the eyes from the chelicerae. The anterior dorsal abdomen is positioned in a distracting pose above the head, as in most other spiders. All eight legs, including details of the various segments and claws, are visible. Foelix, (1996) goes into some detail on each of these anatomical structures, and is highly recommended reading for anyone wanting a better understanding of arachnid biology. Note: the exact species of tarantula depicted in these photos cannot be determined without a microscopic examination of the internal genitalia. Male tarantulas mature sexually in one to two years, then live but one or two seasons after mating before dying. Female tarantulas, by contrast, do not mature until at least seven years of age, but live in captivity for 30 or more years. PAGE  1  *  2  *  3  * 

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