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Ceratogyrus bechuanicus

Ceratogyrus bechuanicus

Burst horned baboon

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Suborder: Araneomorphae
Family: Theraphosidae
Genus: Ceratogyrus
Species: C. bechuanicus
Binomial name
Ceratogyrus bechuanicus
Purcell, 1902

Ceratogyrus bechuanicus (commonly called Burst Horned Baboon or Straight Horn Tarantula) is a theraphosid spider from southern Africa, mainly Botswana. They reach a body length of about 5 cm and are grey-brown to black. The peltidium features a black foveal horn.[1]

C. bechuanicus is the most common Ceratogyrus species held in captivity, although it is rather aggressive and fast. When kept in captivity, it requires dry substrate, such as peat, on which to live. This allows it to burrow, and also will allow it to avoid fungal infection. As this species is from a very arid habitat, it cannot cope with too much moisture.


1. ^ Minax Tarantulas - Ceratogyrus bechuanicus

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