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Caribena

The Caribena genus, a part of the tarantula family, has just two species in it as of March 2017. It was initially a part of the Avicularia genus, and are distinguished from the latter by the longer and thinner urticating hairs the species have on their upper abdominal surface.

Caribena Spider

Spiders Belonging to this Genus

Caribena laeta Antilles Pinktoe Tarantula (Caribena versicolor)

Physical Description and Identification

Adults

Size: Females are bigger than males with a length of 4.7 – 5.9 inches (12 – 15 cm) .

Scientific Classification

Color: Caribena laeta has a brown body while Caribena versicolor has red, green, purple, and black shades on it.

Other Characteristic Features: The male spiders have smaller abdomens than females.

Eggs

Eggs are deposited in a secure way inside a sac.

Spiderlings

Spiderlings show preferences in living close to any surface.

The Web

The spiders make funnel-shaped webs on trees where they spend most of their time.

Are Spiders of the Caribena Genus Venomous

They rarely bite, and even if they do, these spiders are mildly venomous, not causing any serious harm.

Quick Facts

Distribution Martinique, US Virgin Islands, Cuba, and Puerto Rico
Habitat Trees in the woods, and gardens
Diet Cockroaches, grasshoppers, wax moths, and crickets
Web Type Funnel-shaped
Lifespan Female: 10-12 years
Male: 3-4 years

Did You Know

  • It derives its name from the Spanish word ‘Caribeña’, which means from the Caribbean.
  • The genus name was developed by Rogério Bertani, and Caroline Fukushima, in 2017.

Image credits: arachnoboards.com

The Caribena genus, a part of the tarantula family, has just two species in it as of March 2017. It was initially a part of the Avicularia genus, and are distinguished from the latter by the longer and thinner urticating hairs the species have on their upper abdominal surface.

Caribena Spider

Spiders Belonging to this Genus

Caribena laeta Antilles Pinktoe Tarantula (Caribena versicolor)

Physical Description and Identification

Adults

Size: Females are bigger than males with a length of 4.7 – 5.9 inches (12 – 15 cm) .

Color: Caribena laeta has a brown body while Caribena versicolor has red, green, purple, and black shades on it.

Other Characteristic Features: The male spiders have smaller abdomens than females.

Eggs

Eggs are deposited in a secure way inside a sac.

Spiderlings

Spiderlings show preferences in living close to any surface.

The Web

The spiders make funnel-shaped webs on trees where they spend most of their time.

Are Spiders of the Caribena Genus Venomous

They rarely bite, and even if they do, these spiders are mildly venomous, not causing any serious harm.

Quick Facts

Distribution Martinique, US Virgin Islands, Cuba, and Puerto Rico
Habitat Trees in the woods, and gardens
Diet Cockroaches, grasshoppers, wax moths, and crickets
Web Type Funnel-shaped
Lifespan Female: 10-12 years
Male: 3-4 years

Did You Know

  • It derives its name from the Spanish word ‘Caribeña’, which means from the Caribbean.
  • The genus name was developed by Rogério Bertani, and Caroline Fukushima, in 2017.

Image credits: arachnoboards.com

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