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Rare Tarantula Sighted in Tamil Nadu

  • 28 Aug 2019
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The spider belonging to the Genus Poecilotheria, commonly known as the Peacock Parachute Spider or Gooty Tarantula was spotted in the Pakkamalai Reserve Forests in Villupuram District,Tamil Nadu.

  • Peacock Parachute Spider (Gooty Tarantula)
    • The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has categorised it as Critically Endangered.
    • It is endemic to India.
    • The known habitat of this species is in the Eastern Ghats especially degraded forests near Nandyal in Andhra Pradesh.
    • Species of this genus can be identified based on the banding patterns on the underside of the legs.
  • Tarantulas are biological pest controllers and there is a huge demand for them by collectors in the pet trade. There is an urgent need to protect them.

Source : TH

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