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Ceratogyrus

The Ceratogyrus comprises of species belonging to the tarantula family indigenous to parts of southern Africa. According to February 2019 reports, there are about ten species in this genera. 

Ceratogyrus Spider

Scientific Classification

Spiders Belonging to This Genus

  • Ceratogyrus attonitifer
  • Ceratogyrus brachycephalus
  • Horned Baboon Tarantula (Ceratogyrus darlingi)
  • Ceratogyrus dolichocephalus
  • Ceratogyrus hillyardi
  • Ceratogyrus marshalli
  • Ceratogyrus meridionalis
  • Ceratogyrus paulseni
  • Ceratogyrus pillansi
  • Ceratogyrus sanderi

Physical Description & Identification

Adults

Size: Most species of this genus are big, like the Ceratogyrus darlingi having a body length of 11cm-13cm (4-5 inches). The females of this genus are larger than their male counterparts.

Color: Their color varies from pale or dark brown to black. However, all species of this genus have a pale yellow sub-abdominal band, placed anteriorly.

Other Characteristic Features: Most species of this genus are renowned for their curved, black horn situated on their carapace.

Eggs

A single sac may contain about 100-120 eggs, which are jealously guarded by the females.

Spiderlings

They stay with their mother for a while after maturation and then disperse to be on their own.

The Web

They do make webs, some of which are hammock-styled, though detailed information is available about the same.

Are Spiders of the Ceratogyrus Genus Poisonous and Do They Bite

Many species of this genus are known to be aggressive. However, they do not cause much harm to humans, excepting localized pain, swelling and other mild symptoms. 

Quick Facts

Lifespan Males: Approximately 4 years;
Females: About 15 years
Distribution Throughout southern Africa
Habitat Mostly in burrows
Diet Different types of insects

Did You Know

  • Of the several species, the Ceratogyrus marshalli has the biggest horns.

Image Credits: mikebasictarantula.com

The Ceratogyrus comprises of species belonging to the tarantula family indigenous to parts of southern Africa. According to February 2019 reports, there are about ten species in this genera. 

Ceratogyrus Spider

Spiders Belonging to This Genus

  • Ceratogyrus attonitifer
  • Ceratogyrus brachycephalus
  • Horned Baboon Tarantula (Ceratogyrus darlingi)
  • Ceratogyrus dolichocephalus
  • Ceratogyrus hillyardi
  • Ceratogyrus marshalli
  • Ceratogyrus meridionalis
  • Ceratogyrus paulseni
  • Ceratogyrus pillansi
  • Ceratogyrus sanderi

Physical Description & Identification

Adults

Size: Most species of this genus are big, like the Ceratogyrus darlingi having a body length of 11cm-13cm (4-5 inches). The females of this genus are larger than their male counterparts.

Color: Their color varies from pale or dark brown to black. However, all species of this genus have a pale yellow sub-abdominal band, placed anteriorly.

Other Characteristic Features: Most species of this genus are renowned for their curved, black horn situated on their carapace.

Eggs

A single sac may contain about 100-120 eggs, which are jealously guarded by the females.

Spiderlings

They stay with their mother for a while after maturation and then disperse to be on their own.

The Web

They do make webs, some of which are hammock-styled, though detailed information is available about the same.

Are Spiders of the Ceratogyrus Genus Poisonous and Do They Bite

Many species of this genus are known to be aggressive. However, they do not cause much harm to humans, excepting localized pain, swelling and other mild symptoms. 

Quick Facts

Lifespan Males: Approximately 4 years;
Females: About 15 years
Distribution Throughout southern Africa
Habitat Mostly in burrows
Diet Different types of insects

Did You Know

  • Of the several species, the Ceratogyrus marshalli has the biggest horns.

Image Credits: mikebasictarantula.com

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