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Found this on my bedroom wall last night. (Eeh!) It was roughly 5.5" in diameter. I would have gotten better photos, but it fell on the floor and headed for my bare feet! It had what appeared to be a head injury. I released it into the dry creek bed behind my house. All legs were working, and it seemed much more alert outside.

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Armada - Photo (c) Chris A. Hamilton, Brent E. Hendrixson, Jason E. Bond, some rights reserved (CC BY)
swheads's ID: Genus Aphonopelma, a member of Tarantulas (Family Theraphosidae)

Maybe a species close to Aphonopelma hentzi?

Posted by swheads over 4 years ago (Flag)
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I thought that, too, but the ID photos available online conflict. The dark ones don't have as red-brown an abdomen, and some are all light brown with no black. Do they have different coloration at different life stages? Still, the Texas Brown Tarantula seems like the most likely match, given the location.

Posted by b3ing over 4 years ago (Flag)
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As I understand it (and I'm an entomologist not an arachnologist!), rather than being a single species, "Aphonopelma hentzi" is a complex of closely related species which are in need of taxonomic revision.

Posted by swheads over 4 years ago (Flag)
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Makes sense! I'll add Aphonopelma hentzi as the species. Thanks!

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Texas Brown Tarantula - Photo (c) taharms48, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by taharms48
b3ing's ID: Texas Brown Tarantula (Aphonopelma hentzi)
Posted by b3ing over 4 years ago (Flag)
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Texas Brown Tarantula - Photo (c) taharms48, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by taharms48
b3ing's ID: Texas Brown Tarantula (Aphonopelma hentzi)
Armada - Photo (c) Chris A. Hamilton, Brent E. Hendrixson, Jason E. Bond, some rights reserved (CC BY)
Community ID: Genus Aphonopelma, a member of Tarantulas (Family Theraphosidae)
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