The scientific name for this arachnid is Poecilotheria metallica. Some other names for this blue beauty include; Gooty sapphire ornamental tree spider, Gooty sapphire tarantula, Metallic tarantula, and Peacock tarantula. This tarantula is so named due to the location of the only known habitat of the species – this tarantula species is (so far) known to inhabit a protected forest in the town of Gooty, India. The known distribution of this rare species is less than 39 square miles.
The blue colour is more intense in males than females. The young start off as more of a lavender colour, which gradually becomes blue, and then gets more intense into adulthood – as seen in the image above, the juvenile still retains the lavender colour, but has already begun to change to blue.
Adults grow up to 6-8 inches (14.5-20 cm) in length, on average. The Gooty Tarantula matures between 1-2 years old; and can live anywhere between 12-30 years – living longer in the wild (up to 30 years), with shorter captive lifespans (averaging 12 years old).
As you can see by the image above, this is an arboreal tarantula species – meaning that they live off the ground, in the trees and plants (as opposed to being a terrestrial species; living on the ground/ in the undergrowth). The species is so rare, that it is classed as critically endangered on the Endangered Species List. This species was thought to be extinct for 102 years; it was rediscovered in Gooty in 2001.
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