The spider family Theraphosidae, commonly known as Tarantulas, have been sighted 58 times by contributing members. Based on collected data, the geographic range for Theraphosidae includes 21 countries and 6 states in the United States. Theraphosidae is most often sighted outdoors, and during the month of March.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Arachnida
  • Order: Araneae
  • Suborder: Mygalomorphae
  • Family: Theraphosidae

Common Name (AASMore information icon)



Tamerlan Thorell, 1869

Sightings Overview

There have been 58 confirmed sightings of Theraphosidae (Tarantulas), with the most recent sighting submitted on November 20, 2019 by Spider ID member rickcwest. The detailed statistics below may not utilize the complete dataset of 58 sightings because of certain Theraphosidae sightings reporting incomplete data.

  • Web: 12% of the time, Theraphosidae spiders are sighted in a spider web (Sample size: 58)
  • Sex: 24 female and 2 male.
  • Environment: Theraphosidae has been sighted 93 times outdoors, and 10 times indoors.
  • Outdoors: Man-made structure (11). Low foliage (5). High foliage (4). Ground layer (25). Under rock or debris (14). Freshwater river, lake, stream (1). Open field, pasture, grassland (8). Forest (15). Desert area (10).

Location and Range

Theraphosidae (Tarantulas) has been sighted in the following countries: Algeria, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, Guyana, India, Kenya, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Tanzania, United States, Venezuela, Virgin Islands, U.S., Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Theraphosidae has also been sighted in the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas.


Theraphosidae has been primarily sighted during the month of March.

  • January: 3
  • February: 4
  • March: 10
  • April: 7
  • May: 7
  • June: 1
  • July: 3
  • August: 2
  • September: 5
  • October: 7
  • November: 2
  • December: 7

Genus: Aphonopelma

Genus: Avicularia

Genus: Brachypelma

Genus: Ceratogyrus

Genus: Chilobrachys

Genus: Chromatopelma

Genus: Cyrtopholis

Genus: Euagrus

Genus: Eucratoscelus

Genus: Ischnocolus

Genus: Lampropelma

Genus: Magnacarina

Genus: Monocentropus

Genus: Poecilotheria (Tiger Spiders)

Genus: Psalmopoeus

Genus: Theraphosa

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