Sazima's Tarantula

Kingdom Animalia

Big image

Pterinopelma sazimai

Location: Brazil

  • bright blue color, but appears different colors depending on angle of light
  • at risk due to loss of habitat and over-collecting for the pet trade
  • lives high upon tabletop mountains which have a greater rainfall and different soils than the immediately surrounding area
  • named in honor of Dr. Ivan Sazima “an important Brazilian zoologist who was the first researcher to collect exemplars of this species in the decades of 1970 and 1980