Xenesthis sp. White – Colombian Lesserblack Tarantula

Xenesthis sp. White – Colombian Lesserblack Tarantula

Xenesthis is a tarantula genus primarly inhabiting the forests of Colombia and Venezuela in Southern America. Scientifically speaking, the tarantula genus Xenesthis is in need of a in depth revision covering both already described species such as X. immanis (Ausserer, 1875) and X. intermedia Schiapelli & Gerschman, 1945, but also focusing on apparently new species such as the herein presented X. sp. White. As opposed to the dwarf species of tarantula we found up north – Aguapanela arvi – this one belongs to the bigger tarantulas on the planet.

On our trip to Colombia a few years back we were able to encounter a few specimens of the so called Xenesthis sp. White tarantula, a species which is known and bred in the spider trade for quite some time. This species of Colombian Lesserblack Tarantula lives in an area where humidity and heat are nothing special. Evergreen forests and lots of humidity was present in the area, giving it a tropical feeling while searching for this species of tarantulas. Finally we managed to find a bigger specimen which we then documented on camera! Make sure you check out the video to learn more about why this species is called Xenesthis sp. “White” !



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Most recent study

  • Esche, Steffen. (2015). Xenesthis spp. – Zu Unterschieden der Scopula am Metatarsus IV (Araneae, Theraphosidae, Theraphosinae) Arthropoda Popularis 1/2 (3) 2015 (20-30). ARTHROPODA POPULARIS ISSN 2190-3476. 20 – 30.




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