San Diego County, California, US
A. reversum or A. steindachneri
Crawling along fence in yard
Spotted this guy in Cheeseboro Canyon in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Been waiting for years to see a tarantula-- woohoo!
A Dwarf Vietnamese Tarantula (Phlogiellus sp.) found on Con Son, Vietnam
Tarantulas comprise a group of often hairy and very large arachnids belonging to the Theraphosidae family of spiders, of which approximately 900 species have been identified. This article only describes members of Theraphosidae, although some other members of the same suborder are commonly referred to as "tarantulas". Most species of tarantulas are not dangerous to humans, and some species have become popular in the exotic pet trade.