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Grammostola aureostriata

Chaco golden knee
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Suborder: Mygalomorphae
Family: Theraphosidae
Genus: Grammostola
Species: G. aureostriata
Binomial name
Grammostola aureostriata
Schmidt & Bullmer, 2001

One of the larger species of tarantula, the Chaco golden knee (Grammostola aureostriata) is known to reach 22 cm (8.5 in). It tends to be one of the more docile species and therefore makes an attractive pet. The Chaco is an opportunistic burrowing terrestrial tarantula: it may burrow but generally adopts a preexisting hide as its home. It is quite flashy in appearance, bearing long light-colored hairs all over its body and gold stripes on its legs, particularly at the "knees". When it was first imported into the pet trade, it was thought to be a variant of the Pink zebra beauty species, but it is significantly larger and can easily be distinguished by those familiar with both species.


The species name is derived from Latin aureus "golden" and striatus "striped". Chaco golden knee

External links

* Photo of the Chaco golden knee

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