What is the difference between the Brazilian Salmon Pink Bird-Eating Tarantula and the Mexican Red-Knee Tarantula?

What is the difference between the Brazilian Salmon Pink Bird-Eating Tarantula (Lasiodora parahybana) and the Mexican Red-Knee Tarantula (Brachypelma smithii).

The Brazilian Salmon Pink Bird-Eating Tarantula and the Mexican Red-Knee Tarantula are both ground-dwelling arachnids with an exoskeleton. The male of each species has a shell on its back, called a carapace.

The male Brazilian Salmon Pink Bird-Eating Tarantula has a black carapace and the male Mexican Red-Knee Tarantula has a yellowish-brown carapace.

The Brazilian Salmon Pink Bird-Eating Tarantula has pink-red hairs along its legs and abdomen, whereas the Mexican Red-Knee Tarantula has three dark reddish-orange coloured rings on its legs.

Tarantula

Brazilian Salmon Pink Bird-Eating Tarantula (left) and Mexican Red-Knee Tarantula (right)

 

The Brazilian Salmon Pink Bird-Eating Tarantula is larger than the Mexican Red-Knee Tarantula.

The Brazilian Salmon Pink Bird-Eating Tarantula measures about 25 centimetres (10 inches) in length, whereas the Mexican Red-Knee Tarantula measures about 4-5 centimetres (2 inches) in length.

The Brazilian Salmon Pink Bird-Eating Tarantula is native to Brazil and the Mexican Red-Knee Tarantula is native to Mexico.

Brazilian Salmon Pink Bird-Eating Tarantula

Brazilian Salmon Pink Bird-Eating Tarantula

Mexican Red-Knee Tarantula

Mexican Red-Knee Tarantula

Mexican Red-Knee Tarantula

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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