This is another post about spiders that Sean McCann found and photographed on his recent trip to Guyana.
When you think of tarantulas (mygalomorph spiders in the family Theraphosidae), the first thing that comes to mind is probably a huge hairy spider like the famous face-sized Goliath bird-eating spider.
But not all tarantulas are large! Here is a tiny tarantula from the rainforest of Guyana.
To get a better idea of the size of this spider, here’s a shot of Sean’s traveling companion, Jonathan Meiburg, photographing the little beastie.
We suspect that this is a Neostenotarsus species, but there is not much information available about these tarantulas. What I have been able to find indicates that they are fairly well known in the pet trade, but information on their biology is lacking.
UPDATE: Thanks to Stuart Longhorn for informing us that this spider is most likely in the genus Catanduba, not Neostenotarsus (likewise for the images linked above).
The size and colour of this tarantula reminded Sean of a velvet ant when he first saw it.
What do you think?
Delightful website, thank you for intriguing information and wonderful photos.
Ran across a large (looked naked) white spider hiding in my large fern with a silken web showing, while pruning. Couldn’t see any markings. I live in Orange County, Southern California. Saw the same type of spider in Laguna Beach.
Hi Marilyn, do you have a photo of the spider? If so, please feel free to send it to me in an email and I can try to identify it.