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Poecilotheria striata (Mysore Ornamental Tarantula)

Poecilotheria striata (Mysore Ornamental Tarantula)

This striking arboreal species from India makes a great display tarantula. It has bold, striking markings on its carapace and abdomen, but once you look at its underside you might think it to be a different spider. Sporting bright yellow markings contrasted against black bands, the colors on this tarantula are most striking underneath.

Name Pronunciation:
Poecilotheria (pee-suh-luh-THI-ree-uh)
striata (stree-AH-tuh)

* Adapted from The American Tarantula Society

Name origin: The name Poecilotheria is derived from Greek “poikilos” – spotted and “therion” – wild beast

Name and Description History:
Poecilotheria striata Pocock, 1895
Poecilotheria striata Kirk, 1996
Poecilotheria striata Siliwal, Gupta & Molur, 2013

Old World – Arboreal

Size: 7”
Growth Rate: Fast
Natural Habitat: India, Mysuru
Housing Needs: Arboreal habitat. A vertical piece of bark or something to anchor webbing onto is suitable for this species.
Temperament: Fast with strong venom. This is less aggressive than most others in the genus.