The Info List - Aphonopelma Chamberlini

Aphonopelma chamberlini, also known as the Paso Robles rusty red tarantula, is regarded by some sources as a tarantula species endemic to California,[2] and by others as synonymous with Aphonopelma iodius.[1]

Described in 1995, it is known from the vicinity of Paso Robles, California. Females are around 66 mm (2.6 in) long, and the body color is a uniform reddish brown with light rusty red setae (hairs) on the legs. The species name honors arachnologist Ralph Vary Chamberlin, who was responsible for naming a large number of Aphonopelma species.[2]

A 2013 study suggested A. chamberlini was synonymous with Aphonopelma brunnius,[3] which has since been included in Aphonopelma iodius.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Hamilton, C.A.; Hendrixson, B.E. & Bond, J.E. (2016). "Taxonomic revision of the tarantula genus Aphonopelma Pocock, 1901 (Araneae, Mygalomorphae, Theraphosidae) within the United States". ZooKeys. 560: 1–340. doi:10.3897/zookeys.560.6264. PMC 4768370Freely accessible. PMID 27006611. 
  2. ^ a b Smith, Andrew M. (1995). Tarantula Spiders: Tarantulas of the U.S.A. and Mexico. London: Fitzgerald Publishing. ISBN 09510939-9-1. 
  3. ^ Wilson, Joseph S.; Gunnell, Clayton F.; Wahl, David B.; Pitts, James P. (2013). "Testing the species limits of the tarantulas (Araneae: Theraphosidae) endemic to California's Southern Coast Ranges, USA". Insect Conservation and Diversity. 6 (3): 365–371. doi:10.1111/icad.12000. 

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