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Lasiodora

Lasiodora genus, a part of the tarantula family, has 33 species distributed throughout Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, and Uruguay. One of the striking features seen in most spiders of this genus is their large size.

Lasiodora Spider

Spider Belonging to this Genus

Brazilian Salmon Pink Birdeater (Lasiodora parahybana)Lasiodora acanthognatha Lasiodora benedeni Bertkau
Lasiodora boliviana Lasiodora brevibulbaLasiodora carinata
Lasiodora citharacanthaLasiodora cristataLasiodora cryptostigma
Lasiodora curtior ChamberlinLasiodora differensLasiodora difficilis
Lasiodora dolichosternaLasiodora dulcicolaLasiodora erythrocythara
Lasiodora fallaxLasiodora fractaLasiodora icecu
Lasiodora isabellinaLasiodora itabunaeLasiodora klugi
Lasiodora lakoiLasiodora mariannaeLasiodora moreni
Lasiodora pantherinaLasiodora pleoplectraLasiodora puriscal
Lasiodora rubitarsaLasiodora saevaLasiodora spinipes
Lasiodora sternalisLasiodora striatipesLasiodora subcanens

Physical Description and Identification

Adults

Size: Spiders of this genus are 3 -11 inches (7.6 – 27.9 cm) long.

Scientific Classification

Color: Overall, they have a black body, with some species like Lasiodora difficilis exhibiting pink legs as they grow up.

Other Characteristic Features: Most species are characterized by a big body, as mentioned above, alongside hairy legs.

Eggs

Female spiders make egg sacs before depositing their eggs in them. Around 1000 eggs are laid at a time. However, the number might differ from one species to the other.

Spiderlings

The spiderlings are big enough, closely replicating their parents in appearance.

The Web

Like most other tarantulas, they do not spin webs to catch their prey, though they produce silk.

Are Spiders of the Lasiodora Genus Venomous

Most spiders of this genus do not bite, and if they do, they produce mild or no symptoms at all because of their low venom levels. However, exceptions are there, with the Brazilian salmon pink bird-eating spider known for its painful bite. It could lead to pain and cramps when their venom gets into the skin.

Quick Facts

Distribution South American countries Costa Rica in Central America
Habitat Rainforests and other wet places
Diet Insects
Lifespan 10-15 years

Did You Know

  • German arachnologist and entomologist Ludwig Carl Christian Koch described this genus for the first time in 1850.
  • One of the species of this genus, the Brazilian salmon pink bird-eating tarantula (Lasiodora parahybana) ranks third among all the tarantulas worldwide when it comes to size.

Image Credits: mikebasictarantula.com

Lasiodora genus, a part of the tarantula family, has 33 species distributed throughout Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, and Uruguay. One of the striking features seen in most spiders of this genus is their large size.

Lasiodora Spider

Spider Belonging to this Genus

Brazilian Salmon Pink Birdeater (Lasiodora parahybana)Lasiodora acanthognatha Lasiodora benedeni Bertkau
Lasiodora boliviana Lasiodora brevibulbaLasiodora carinata
Lasiodora citharacanthaLasiodora cristataLasiodora cryptostigma
Lasiodora curtior ChamberlinLasiodora differensLasiodora difficilis
Lasiodora dolichosternaLasiodora dulcicolaLasiodora erythrocythara
Lasiodora fallaxLasiodora fractaLasiodora icecu
Lasiodora isabellinaLasiodora itabunaeLasiodora klugi
Lasiodora lakoiLasiodora mariannaeLasiodora moreni
Lasiodora pantherinaLasiodora pleoplectraLasiodora puriscal
Lasiodora rubitarsaLasiodora saevaLasiodora spinipes
Lasiodora sternalisLasiodora striatipesLasiodora subcanens

Physical Description and Identification

Adults

Size: Spiders of this genus are 3 -11 inches (7.6 – 27.9 cm) long.

Color: Overall, they have a black body, with some species like Lasiodora difficilis exhibiting pink legs as they grow up.

Other Characteristic Features: Most species are characterized by a big body, as mentioned above, alongside hairy legs.

Eggs

Female spiders make egg sacs before depositing their eggs in them. Around 1000 eggs are laid at a time. However, the number might differ from one species to the other.

Spiderlings

The spiderlings are big enough, closely replicating their parents in appearance.

The Web

Like most other tarantulas, they do not spin webs to catch their prey, though they produce silk.

Are Spiders of the Lasiodora Genus Venomous

Most spiders of this genus do not bite, and if they do, they produce mild or no symptoms at all because of their low venom levels. However, exceptions are there, with the Brazilian salmon pink bird-eating spider known for its painful bite. It could lead to pain and cramps when their venom gets into the skin.

Quick Facts

Distribution South American countries Costa Rica in Central America
Habitat Rainforests and other wet places
Diet Insects
Lifespan 10-15 years

Did You Know

  • German arachnologist and entomologist Ludwig Carl Christian Koch described this genus for the first time in 1850.
  • One of the species of this genus, the Brazilian salmon pink bird-eating tarantula (Lasiodora parahybana) ranks third among all the tarantulas worldwide when it comes to size.

Image Credits: mikebasictarantula.com

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