Location: Austin, TX
January 5, 2011 10:54 am
This spider was waiting for me at my front door when I got home from work last night. With legs spread, it’s probably 3 to 4 inches across. It moved rather slowly. I tried to search the web for identification, but every species I found that looked similar was not native to this area. Thanks for any information you can provide.
That is a very black Tarantula. We imagine it is in the genus Aphonopelma. According to the AgriLife Website: “There are 14 species of tarantulas in the genus, Aphonopelma, listed from Texas in a recent work. Identification of species is difficult and requires mature males, a microscope, proper literature and experience.”
Update: March 27, 2017
We will look into the possibility of this being a Trapdoor Spider.