Aphonopelma mooreae
(North American Cobalt Tarantula)

Picture ID 49824

Picture of Aphonopelma mooreae (North American Cobalt Tarantula) - Female - Dorsal

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Aphonopelma mooreae Smith 1995, female.

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I want to send my picture of spider for identification. HOW do I do that ?


Hi, Rick is a tarantula expert, it is safe to disclose info about a tarantula you found to him.


Thank you Rick! She’s gorgeous! We had a user asking people who submitted tarantula photos for their zip codes and the photo GPS coordinates. Totally shady. Since that I’ve warned people who submit tarantula pics to be aware of poachers and to not give out locations. I just realized that there is time, date, and location metadata in original pics, so people shouldn’t share original digital photos off their devices to questionable people who request them. Any thoughts on that?


Thanks! I would like to find a way to stop people from putting anything more specific than state in the location if they think they found a tarantula. The shady person, “Underworld” was targeting other Southwestern arthropods on our site too. He claimed we need the data to identify the animal. I think iNaturalist automatically blocks the info, I’ll check. This site needs a lot of changes, I would like to get this done with the other changes. For now I’m trying to warn people quickly after they post. If you know of a list of arthropods of which we… Read more »


Rick West, I think I hav spotted a NA Cobalt Tarantula! I only hav one pic now but will post more soon. I’m in Sierra Vista, AZ