This tarantula girl lives in my new lab. Prior to joining the lab, I had heard numerous times, “how mean she is”. Well, apparently that was bullshit. She was totally docile about being handled, and she’s all cute with her bald butt (maybe her little ass is bald because no one pays any attention to her?! :) ). Well, she was collected in Black Canyon, Arizona (north of Phoenix). Our best species species guess is Aphonopelma chalcodes, the Arizona desert blonde tarantula. If anyone is an expert on the tarantula family, I’d love to hear from you!
Photo Manipulations and Digital Art by Marc Da Cunha Lopes: Vertebrata
Large skeleton species within modern environmentsVertebrata (Zool.) One of the grand divisions of the animal kingdom, comprising all animals that have a backbone composed of bony or cartilaginous vertebræ.