Gossamer Tapestry

Reflections on conservation, butterflies, and ecology in the nation's heartland

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Antilles Pintkoe

Rodger has inspired me to expand my tropical shopping list. This is the Antilles Pinktoe tarantula, a species endemic to the Lesser Antilles. This photo is from the National Zoo's web site. Typically the abdomen and legs of this species are redder. They are quite beautiful and I would really love to see one.

Hugs to UrSpo.

Update: Now that I've had my fun with Spo, I'll give one bit on additional info. Although this species is endemic to the Lesser Antilles, its endemism is actually much narrower than that. It's found only on the island of Martinique. As we will not be stopping at that island on this trip, neither I nor Spo stand much of a chance of actually encountering one. I'm sure that I have now made myself the target for some sort of retaliatory action in the upcoming week.

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At 11:11, Blogger T.R. said...

Are you kidding me - a neon blue tarantula. That is fantastic - uh -- especially when it stays in the Lesser Antilles!

At 16:25, Anonymous pablo said...

I hope you do! I hope you get some pix too.

At 16:41, Blogger Dave Coulter said...

SEE one? Like in a photo, from a long ways off, right??

At 17:37, Blogger robin andrea said...

That's a spectacular tarantula. What stunning blue color. I hope you get to see one.

At 21:12, Blogger rodger said...

I want to see one of those...gorgeous. And...since it's for Spo, the name is appropriate. (pulling out lemon, Spo)

At 23:09, Blogger Ur-spo said...

I am sending the cleaning bill to you Doug.

At 12:47, Blogger Doug Taron said...

To all who offered encouraging comments about seeing one: Thanks. I really would like to see one. Up close and personal even. It's not going to happen on this trip. I'll update the main post momentarily to explain why.


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