These tarantulas are found along the North-Western Pacific coast of Mexico, mainly across Sinaloa State, down into the state of Nayarit and inland to the Western side of the state of Durango (4,5).
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Molecular Biology and Genetics
Statistics of barcoding coverage: Brachypelma emilia
Public Records: 1
Specimens with Barcodes: 1
Species With Barcodes: 1
The Mexican redleg tarantula is mainly threatened by habitat loss and environmental degradation. They were previously threatened by capture for the pet trade (2), but now the pressure of illegal exports have likely been reduced by captive breeding.
The Mexican redleg or red-legged tarantula (Brachypelma emilia) is a species of terrestrial tarantula closely related to the famous mexican redknee tarantula. Like the redknee it is a docile tarantula and popular in the pet trade. It is slow growing and, like many tarantulas, females can live for decades.
The mature Mexican redleg also known as the red-legged tarantula has a dark-colored body with the second joint of its legs being pink, red or orange. Its carapace is light colored with a distinctive black triangle at the front. Following moulting, the colors are more pronounced.
An adult female has a body roughly 4 inches (10 cm) long, with a legspan of 6 inches (15 cm), and a weight of approximately 15 to 16 grams.
The Mexican redleg is a mostly docile species, perhaps more so even than the redknee. That, coupled with its coloration, and impressive size, makes it a very popular pet species. Its care is similar to that of other terrestrial tarantulas, such as the redknee.
It is very reluctant to bite when distressed, but possesses urticating hair and will flick these if it feels threatened.
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