Subject: Tarantula? What kind?
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
October 7, 2013 11:59 am
We found this guy hanging out at our building during lunch.
We’re in Salt Lake City, last building up the foothills of the Wasatch Mountain Range (about 5000 feet elevation).
Is this a tarantula? We’re pretty sure it is…but if so, what kind??
Thank you!!
Signature: Pax Rasmussen


Dear Pax,
If the experts can’t sort out the North American Tarantulas in the genus
Aphonopelma, then there is no way the editorial staff of What’s That Bug? who have art degrees can ever hope to pin this handsome guy down to the species level.  See BugGuide for some wonderful similar looking Tarantula photos.

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