Mar 2, 2007

Urticating Hairs and Pedipalps

Behold another of Jade's babies. This one is a skeleton tarantula (Ephebopus murinus). They're a bit on the agressive side, but are very pretty. Unlike other new-world tarantulas, who have urticating (itchy) hairs on their abdomen, tarantulas of this genus have urticating hairs on their pedipalps. I don't know about you, but I'm sure glad I don't have urticating hairs or pedipalps. That would have made courting my wife a lot more difficult than it already was.

Thanks for the photo, Jade.

1 comment:

Arachnophile said...

What a GORGEOUS spider! No comment on the urticating hairs in the "privates" :p