Taxonomy and History
- Described By: Walckenaer, 1837
- Genus: Grammostola
- Common Name: Rose Hair, Chilean Rose, Chilean Rose Hair, Rose, Chilean Flame, beautiful Chilean
The Grammostola rosea tarantula (Chilean rose), also known as the Chilean flame tarantula, Chilean fire tarantula or the Chilean red-haired tarantula or the Chilean rose hair tarantula (depending on the colormorph), is probably the most common species of tarantula available in pet stores today.
G. rosea originates in the northern Atacama Desert region of Chile, where it lives in the driest deserts on earth. G. rosea is a common pet of tarantula rearers. Females have been known to live as long as 15–20 years, but due to the limited time they have been available on the market (and hence for extensive study) it is possible that they may live considerably longer than 20 years.