Venezuelan Suntiger

Psalmopoeus irminia
Mature female
Metatarus & tarsus of legs I & II
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Infraorder: Mygalomorphae
Family: Theraphosidae
Genus: Psalmopoeus
P. irminia
Binomial name
Psalmopoeus irminia
Saager, 1994[1]

Psalmopoeus irminia, also known as the Venezuelan suntiger, is a species of tarantula endemic to Venezuela, Guyana and Brazil.[1][2]


Psalmopoeus irminia are unique in their striking black coloration paired with vibrant orange chevron and leg markings. This species can be very defensive when disturbed, yet also has the ability to accelerate from danger very quickly. Like other Psalmopoeus, this species can often be found in tree cavities at a medium height. Females reach six inches in diagonal leg span on average. Males are sexually dimorphic, appearing to have much thinner legs as well losing most of their coloration, it can be hard to distinguish them from Psalmopoeus cambridgei mature males. Like all members of Psalmopoeus , Ps. irminia lack urticating hairs. Eggsacs of this species typically carry 50-200 spiderlings, however, they have the ability to lay two eggsacs from a single mating.


  1. ^ a b "Taxon details Psalmopoeus irminia Saager, 1994". World Spider Catalog. Natural History Museum Bern. Retrieved 2018-03-06.
  2. ^ Bertani, Rogerio; Santos, Arthur; Diesel Abbeg, Arthur; Roncolatto Ortiz, Flora; Freitas, Marco (2016-03-22). First record of the genus Psalmopoeus (Araneae: Theraphosidae) in Brazil. Vol. 12.

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