Their name partly derives from the name of the small town where modern man first discovered this beautifully colored spider.
Their distinctive coloring also makes the species (sadly, for them) a favorite among tarantula collectors.
The Gooty Sapphire Tarantula inhabits an extremely small territory, which now faces threats from logging efforts. This, combined with their popularity among collectors, comprises the greatest threat to their existence.
Gooty Sapphire Tarantula Physical Characteristics
The most immediately noticeable physical characteristic of the Gooty Sapphire Tarantula remains their brilliant metallic blue coloring. They also display a remarkable fractal-like pattern displayed on the abdomen.
They constitute a large species, capable of attaining leg spans of as much as 8 in (2o cm). Given the span of their legs, the Gooty Sapphire Tarantula has the ability to move quite rapidly.
While not considered fatal under normal conditions, their venom produces extreme pain. Yet, even when they inject none, the sheer size of the fangs (3/4 in) can make the bite quite painful.
Sexual dimorphism remains present in the Gooty Sapphire Tarantula, in regards to longevity. The females average a lifespan four times that of the males (poor males).
Gooty Sapphire Tarantula Habitat and Ecology
The only known naturally occurring population of the Gooty Sapphire Tarantula is found in Andhra Pradesh, in southern India (an exotic location for an exotic creature).
The Gooty Sapphire Tarantula is primarily an arboreal arachnid by nature though they will descend to the ground in search of food if need be. They typically inhabit small holes in local trees, where they construct funnel webs.
Their primary prey consists of a variety of insects though they are capable of preying upon small mammals, such as mice when the opportunity presents itself.