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Grammostola iheringi,


Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Family: Theraphosidae
Subfamily: Theraphosinae
Genus: Grammostola
Simon, 1892
19 species

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Grammostola is a genus of the family Theraphosidae containing various species of tarantulas. The genus is native to tropical South America.

They are usually brown with pinkish hairs, although some may have darker hair with orangish-red, and usually medium to large in size.

The very docile G. rosea is a popular beginner's spider for pet spider enthusiasts.


* Grammostola actaeon (Pocock, 1903) — Brazil, Uruguay (Brazilian red-rump)
* Grammostola alticeps (Pocock, 1903) — Uruguay (Brazilian Greysmoke)
* Grammostola aureostriata Schmidt & Bullmer, 2001 — Paraguay, Argentina (Chaco Golden Knee)
* Grammostola burzaquensis Ibarra, 1946 — Argentina (Argentinian Rose)
* Grammostola chalcothrix Chamberlin, 1917 — Argentina (Argentina Bronze)
* Grammostola doeringi (Holmberg, 1881) — Argentina
* Grammostola fossor Schmidt, 2001 — Argentina
* Grammostola gossei (Pocock, 1899) — Argentina
* Grammostola grossa (Ausserer, 1871) — Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina (Pampas Tawny-red)
* Grammostola iheringi (Keyserling, 1891) — Brazil (Entre Rios)
* Grammostola inermis Mello-Leitão, 1941 — Argentina
* Grammostola mendozae (Strand, 1907) — Argentina
* Grammostola mollicoma (Ausserer, 1875) — Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, Argentina (Brazilian Tawny-red)
* Grammostola monticola (Strand, 1907) — Bolivia
* Grammostola porteri (Mello-Leitão, 1936) — Chile
* Grammostola pulchra (Mello-Leitão, 1921) — Brazil (Brazilian Black)
* Grammostola rosea (Walckenaer, 1837) — Bolivia, Chile, Argentina (Chilean Rose)
* Grammostola schulzei (Schmidt, 1994) — Argentina
* Grammostola vachoni Schiapelli & Gerschman, 1961 — Argentina

Grammostola as pets

The Chilean rose (Grammostola rosea) is a common pet, because its behavior is generally docile and its venom is harmless unless the victim has an allergy. It needs moderate humidity and feeds on other invertebrates. The Chaco golden knee (Grammostola aureostriata) is an increasingly popular pet tarantula as well.


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