Monocentropus balfouri (Socotra Island Blue Baboon)
This very handsome, highly sought after tarantula won Best In Show in the 2014 British Tarantula Society Exhibition! Blue legs and a tan to golden body make this species very attractive. They are one of the relatively few species that can be housed communally, and they make excellent parents. It was a great privilege for us to be able to witness this ourselves as we fed our female with her newly emerged offspring. She killed the first roach, wrapped it up and left it for her young to eat. The second roach she took for herself. They are fantastic webbing engineers, often creating underground tunnels with several openings. This is a must have for any collector.
Name Meaning: Named after the collector, I.B Balfour.
Name and Description History:
Monocentropus balfouri Pocock, 1897
Mom with babies
Old World, Terrestrial, Burrower
Growth Rate: Medium
Natural Habitat: Socotra, off the coast of Africa – semi desert.
Housing Needs: Terrestrial burrowing setup. They are prolific webbers, so having plastic plants or cork bark for webbing anchors is a good idea.
Temperament: Baboons are generally on the aggressive side, however this species is much more tolerant than most.