The spider family Theraphosidae, commonly known as Tarantulas, have been sighted 20 times by contributing members. Based on collected data, the geographic range for Theraphosidae includes 11 countries and 4 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 20 confirmed sightings of Theraphosidae (Tarantulas), with the most recent sighting submitted on June 2, 2018 by Spider ID member asamanta421. The detailed statistics below may not utilize the complete dataset of 20 sightings because of certain Theraphosidae sightings reporting incomplete data.

  • Web: 0% of the time, Theraphosidae spiders are sighted in a spider web (Sample size: 19)
  • Sex:¬†0 female and 1 male.
  • Environment:¬†Theraphosidae has been sighted 17 times outdoors, and 7 times indoors.
  • Outdoors: Man-made structure (6). Low foliage (3). Ground layer (6). Under rock or debris (1). Open field, pasture, grassland (1).

Location and Range

Theraphosidae (Tarantulas) has been sighted in the following countries: Colombia, Guyana, India, Kenya, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Suriname, United States, Virgin Islands, U.S., Zimbabwe.

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


Theraphosidae has been primarily sighted during the month of March.

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

Genus: Aphonopelma

Genus: Avicularia

Genus: Ceratogyrus

Genus: Cyrtopholis

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