This species is 55% complete

Pterinochilus murinus Pocock, 1897

Usambara region of Kenya, Tanzania and Mombasa
7.2/10 rating (40 votes)
IUCN Status
IUCN Red List Status

Taxonomy and History

Scientific Name : Pterinochilus Murinus
  • Described By: Pocock, 1897
  • Researcher Profile: Reginald Innes Pocock
  • Genus: Pterinochilus
  • Common Name: Usumbara, Orange Baboon, Mombasa Golden Starburst, Golden Baboon
  • Original Type Locality: Ugogo (Emin Pasha)
    • Harpactira elevata Karsch, 1878
    • Pterinochilus mamillatus Strand, 1906
    • Pterinochilus vosseleri Strand, 1907
    • Pterinochilus hindei Hirst, 1907
    • Pterinochilus hindei Smith, 1986
    • Pterinochilus leetzi Schmidt, 2002

Specimen Records

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Harpactira elevata
Holotype : (ZMB 2874), Mozambique
Pterinochilus murinus
(NMZA 9043), Zimbabwe .
(NMZA 9043), Zimbabwe
(NMZA 8749), Zambia
(NMZA 7353), Zimbabwe
(NMZA 9057), Mozambique
(RGCM 14435), Zambia
(TM 5139), South Africa
(TM 5138), South Africa
(TM 1024), Tanzania
(RGMC 5216), Zambia
(NMZA 6260), Zimbabwe
(NMZA 5379), Zimbabwe
(NMZA 2301), Zimbabwe
(NMZA 2031), Zimbabwe
(NMZA 1699), Zimbabwe
(NM 2031), Mozambique
(NMZA 2309), Zimbabwe
(NMZA 2328), Zimbabwe
(NMZA 3987), Zimbabwe
(NMZA 3908), Zimbabwe
(NMZA 3907), Zimbabwe
(NMZA 3790), Zimbabwe
(TM 8938),
(ZMB 31142), Tanzania
(ZMB 31141), Tanzania
(ZMB 31140), Tanzania
(ZMB 31139), Tanzania
(ZMB 31143), Tanzania
(ZMB 31144), Kenya
(ZMB 32166), Tanzania
(ZMB 31148), Tanzania
(ZMB 31146), Tanzania
(ZMB 31145), Tanzania
(ZMB 31138), Tanzania
(ZMB 31137), Tanzania
(ZMB 31093), Tanzania
(ZMB 31091), Mozambique
(ZMB 31090), Tanzania
(ZMB 31094), Tanzania
(ZMB 31095), Tanzania
(ZMB 31136), Tanzania
(ZMB 31097), Tanzania
(NM 1353), Tanzania
(NM 12254), Zambia
(BMNH 1926-6-19-33-36), Tanzania
Holotype : (BMNH 1890.4.15.5), Tanzania
(BMNH 14-7-4-3-4), Malawi
(BMNH 14-12-14-7), Zambia
(BMNH 1926.VI.19.15.19), Tanzania
(BMNH 1946-12-31-68), Zambia
(BMNH 96-5-27-3), Kenya
(BMNH 90-3-15-8-9), Kenya
(BMNH 1968-2-2-3-18), Zimbabwe
(BMNH 1958-2-18-1), Tanzania
(?), Zambia
(?), Zambia
(?), Kenya
(?), Tanzania
(?), Mozambique
(?), Kenya
(?), Kenya
(?), Kenya
(?), Tanzania
(?), Kenya
(?), Kenya
(BMNH 97-11-20-48-49), Tanzania
(BMNH 97-11-20-48-49), Kenya
(MRAC 139.274A), Democratic Republic of the Congo
(MRAC 139.273), Democratic Republic of the Congo
(MRAC 139.259), Democratic Republic of the Congo
(MRAC 139.252), Democratic Republic of the Congo
(MRAC 139.274B), Democratic Republic of the Congo
(MRAC 139.276), Democratic Republic of the Congo
(MRAC 200.495), Democratic Republic of the Congo
(MRAC 200.487), Kenya
(MRAC 166.888), Angola
(MRAC 160.575), Tanzania
(MRAC 130.816), Democratic Republic of the Congo
(MRAC 070.003), Democratic Republic of the Congo
Holotype : (BMNH AF 103-4-88),
(BMNH 97-8-21-1 dry), Mozambique
(BMNH 97-11-20-52), Kenya
(MNHN AR4750), Tanzania
(MRAC 005.216), Democratic Republic of the Congo
(MRAC 068.100), Burundi
(MRAC 014.435), Democratic Republic of the Congo
(MRAC 005.217), Democratic Republic of the Congo
(?), Democratic Republic of the Congo
Pterinochilus mamillatus
Holotype : (?), Tanzania

This species is found in the following books :

Among those who keep tarantulas as pets Pterinochilus murinus is known as "OBT," which means "Orange Baboon Tarantula" or "Orange Bitey Thing," and also as the "Pterror," a pun on its Latin genus classification: Pterinochilus. These nicknames reference a particular orange color form that is prized in the hobby for its beauty and confrontational personality. It is also known as the Mombasa golden starburst tarantula.

This species is incredibly defensive and should not be held. The bite of this species, while not serious, is extremely painful. Moreover, the species is more than willing to inflict such a bite before presenting the typical threat display. Caution when dealing with this species is advised.

Habitat and Type Locality