Mexican red-knee tarantulas, Brachypelma smithi, are primarily found along the central Pacific coast of Mexico.
Biogeographic Regions: nearctic (Native ); neotropical (Native )
- Nashville Zoo at Grassmere. 2009. "Mexican Red Knee Tarantula" (On-line). Nashville Zoo at Grassmere. Accessed November 10, 2009 at http://www.nashvillezoo.org/animals_detail.asp?animalID=45.
- West, R. 2009. "Mexican Red Kneed Tarantula" (On-line). Arkive. Accessed November 10, 2009 at http://www.arkive.org/mexican-redknee-tarantula/brachypelma-smithi/info.html.
Only the first part is correct, central pacific coastal mexico, which is mostly scrub-thorn forest. They do NOT occur in rainforest, and they certainly NOT are endemic to USA or Panama. The first cited source is an unreliable webpage, which now is not functional, the second source is a credible reference that only cites the species as endemic to pacific coastal Mexico