Psalmopoeus irminia (Venezuelan Suntiger)

Fast and furious – that is the name we gave one of our large females. This is an absolutely stunning spider. It has orange lightning bolts at the end of each velvet black leg and a tiger striped abdomen. The underside of each foot is iridescent green and blue.  Not only are they excellent sprinters, but they are jumpers as well. This species is pretty unpredictable and can bolt out when you are not expecting it. They also can have quite the attitude. After re-housing one of mine, she stayed in a threat position for at least 30 minutes in protest. This species exhibits pronounced sexual dimorphism as the male turns brown at maturity. The spiderlings of this species are especially charming.

Name Pronunciation:
Psalmopoeus (sal-muh-PEE-uhs)
irminia (urh-MI-nee-uh)

* Adapted from The American Tarantula Society

Spiderling

     Female with her egg sac.

Gravid female

Threat posture.

New World (but has no urticating hairs), Arboreal
Size: about 6”
Growth Rate: Medium – fast
Natural Habitat: Venezuelan rainforest. They seek hollowed out areas of trees.
Housing Needs: Arboreal setup. This species likes higher temps around 80 to 85 as well as high humidity. They will also do well at room temperature.
Temperament: They are very fast sprinters and jumpers, are very defensive and have one of the strongest bites and potent venom of the new world species.

Name and Description History:
Psalmopoeus irminia Saager, 1994
Psalmopoeus irminia Peters, 2000
Psalmopoeus irminia Peters, 2003
Psalmopoeus irminia Schmidt, 2003
Psalmopoeus irminia Schmidt, Bullmer & Thierer-Lutz, 2006.

               Hatchlings