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Ceratogyrus darlingi (Rear Horned Baboon Tarantula) around 3/4" - 1"


Ceratogyrus darlingi (Rear Horned Baboon Tarantula)

What sets this species apart from most, and makes it unique to many collections, is the black horn that grows in the center of its carapace. The horn on the C. darling is curved, unlike that of the C. marshalli, which is straight. Foveal horns are seen in many species within the Ceratogyrus genus. This formidable species is known to be aggressive, a trait common to African species. Great care should be taken with this fast spider.
But what the heck is that horn for? Well, no one seems to know for certain, but as is referenced below, Rick West suggested that the horn may give this tarantulaย a greater ability to eat more quicklyย by increasing its ability to draw up liquefied food. It may also allow it to take in more nutrients and water.
West, R.C. (1986). Ceratogyrus. Journal of the British Tarantula Society 1(4):79-80


Scientific Name: Ceratogyrus darlingi

Common Name: Rear Horned Baboon

Old World, Fossorial

Endemic Location: Zimbabwe and South Africa

Size: About 5 Inches

Life expectancy: Females 13 plus years / Males 2 plus years

Growth rate: Medium

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