Ba­boon Spi­ders

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Ba­boon spi­ders ( Harpactiri­nae) are a sub­fam­ily of taran­tu­las na­tive to the con­ti­nent of Africa. They are im­pres­sive, charis­matic spi­ders but lit­tle is known about their bio­geog­ra­phy and ecol­ogy. You can record sight­ings and learn more at the Ba­boon Spi­der At­las. The king ba­boon spi­der ( Peli­no­bius mu­ti­cus), is na­tive to Kenya and Tan­za­nia and can grow up to 20 cm (7.8”) in leg span. The Mom­basa Golden Star­burst taran­tula ( Pterinochilus mur­i­nus) are found in An­gola. Fe­males can grow to 15 cm (6”) in size, while males typ­i­cally range from 7-10 cm (3–4”).

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