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Cabeza Prieta Natural History Association
Sonoran Desert Spiders
Aphonopelma chalcodes (Arizona blond tarantula, desert tarantula)

 

 

 Aphonopelma chalcodes

 Aphonopelma chalcodes

(Arizona blond tarantula, desert tarantula)
Habitat: Saguaro dominated deserts
Food Habits: insectivorous
Active Period: nocturnal
Size: v. large
Number of Legs: 8
Leg Characteristics: legs attached to cephalothorax
burrowing spiders most commonly seen during summer rainy season
harmless but hairs are like fine spines

Phylum Arthropoda
Subphylum Chelicerata
Class Arachnida
Order Araneae
Family Theraphosidae
Genus Aphonopelma
species chalcodes

 

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