The species is endemic to the inner side of the Sierre Madre mountains in the states of Guerrero and Michoacán, in drier lowland zones, but more commonly encountered in irrigated areas.

  • Locht, A., M. Yáñez & I. Vãzquez (1999): Distribution and natural history of Mexican species of Brachypelma and Brachypelmides (Theraphosidae, Theraphosinae) with morphological evidence for their synonymy. The Journal of Arachnology 27: 196-200.
  • Striffler, B. & A. Graminske (2003): Brachypelma – die bunten Vogelspinnen Mexikos. DRACO 4(16): 52-61.
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  • West, R. C. (2006): Die Brachypelma-Arten aus Mexiko. ARACHNE 11(1): 4-17.
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Brachypelma auratum

The Brachypelma auratum (also called Mexican Flame knee) is a tarantula endemic to the regions of Guerrero and Michoacán in Mexico. It is similar in appearance to the Brachypelma smithi, albeit slightly darker. Due to the similarities it wasn't considered a distinct species until 1992.[1]


  1. ^ Peter Klaas: Vogelspinnen: Herkunft, Pflege, Arten. Eugen Ulmer Verlag, Stuttgart 2003/2007, ISBN 978-3-8001-4660-4, s. 70
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