The king baboon spider, scientific name , is a tarantula species native to East Africa. The king baboon spider can grow up to 20 cm in leg span. It is a slow-growing species. The spider is often rusty brown or orange in colour. As a burrowing species, the back legs are very thick and used for digging burrows.
This specimen is from the Museum’s handling collection.
Pelinobius muticus (Karsch, 1885)
Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Subphylum: Chelicerata Class: Arachnida Order: Araneae Infraorder: Mygalomorphae Family: Theraphosidae