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North Queensland tarantula

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Species:
Coremiocnemis tropix?
(The ID of this species is uncertain: see notes below)
Family:
Theraphosidae
Body length:
female: 24 mm
male: 21 mm
Habitat:
In a deep burrow among rocks in rainforest areas
Toxicity:
Uncertain; handle with caution
Coremiocnemis tropix?

The species shown on this page is characterized by the black colour of each femur (the large leg segment closest to the body), and its general appearance matches that of Coremiocnemis tropix as described in the following paper: Raven R.J. (2005) "A new tarantula species from northern Australia (Araneae, Theraphosidae)" Zootaxa 1004: 15-28. Unfortunately, the only other tarantula (Selenocosmia crassipes) known to be present in the same rainforest areas of North Queensland is often found to have similar black femurs. Indeed, the only certain way to distinguish between these two species without the aid of a stereo microscope is by a comparision of their adult sizes, S. crassipes being very much larger than C. tropix. It seems likely that the spider in the above photo is actually S. crassipes rather than C. tropix but at least the image shows the overall appearance of C. tropix.

The burrow entrance for this species is usually open with no evidence of a door, though it may have a collar of spider silk.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Other theraphosids such as Selenocosmia crassipes.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 20 October 2017.