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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Tarantulas!





No, this is not a scary movie. In fact, the tarantulas don't live up to their reputation as fearsome animals. They are passive and rarely or never bite humans. We know of no tarantula bite in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve, ever! What we do know about them is that there are many different kinds-about 900 species are currently recognized, all in the family Theraphosidae. Surely there are more, because some have yet to be discovered. 

As one might imagine, not much research on tarantulas has been done anywhere in Nicaragua. Witold Lapinski is giving a look at "our" tarantulas. He is identifying these individuals, so we should soon have an initial list for the tarantula species of our area. Enjoy the photos and don't get scared! All photos by Witold Lapinski. 

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As we learned from Witold, not all hunting spiders are tarantulas. The wandering spiders (Family Ctenidae) are also represented in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve, and two of them are shown below.

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