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Pterinochilus murinus Pocock, 1897

Usambara region of Kenya, Tanzania and Mombasa
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IUCN Status

Taxonomy and History

Scientific Name : Pterinochilus Murinus
Synonyms : Pterinochilus mamillatus
    • Harpactira elevata - Karsch, 1878
    • Pterinochilus mamillatus - Strand, 1906
    • Pterinochilus vosseleri - Strand, 1907
    • Pterinochilus hindei - Hirst, 1907
    • Pterinochilus hindei - Smith, 1986
    • Pterinochilus leetzi - Schmidt, 2002

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

Sub Families

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Genera

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Species

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Articles

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Authors

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