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Genus Aphonopelma

A California Tarantula - Aphonopelma iodius - male Tarantula - Aphonopelma anax 1-miscellaneous  - Aphonopelma hentzi Black giant spider - Aphonopelma steindachneri Aphonopelma - Aphonopelma iodius Aphonopelma iodius - male Aphonopelma iodius - male tarantula sp. - Aphonopelma
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Chelicerata (Chelicerates)
Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
Order Araneae (Spiders)
Infraorder Mygalomorphae (Mygalomorphs)
Family Theraphosidae (Tarantulas)
Genus Aphonopelma
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Chris Hamilton, Brent Hendrixson, and Jason Bond recently completed a major revision of the tarantulas of the United States, in which many species and genera have been synonymized. It is very easy to use once one learns a few taxonomic characters. (1)
Numbers
29 species in the United States.
Identification
Hamilton et al. 2016(1)

For information on identification of species in the Mojave Desert see Prentice 1997(2).

"The Aphonopelma of North American are poorly known. Although many species have been described few specimens can be properly identified either by using available keys or by wading through species descriptions. Most identifiable specimens belong to species found in Mexico or Central America that are easily recognized by unique color patterns, such as that of A. seemanni. Correct identification of specimens collected within the United States is often suspect since determinations must be based on the process of elimination using collection dates and locality data in combination with coloration, coxal setation, and metatarsal scopulation."
Quote taken from Prentice 1997.(2)
Range
Known in the USA west of the Mississippi River and south of the southern border of Idaho, into Mexico and Central America.
See Also
Print References
Hamilton et al. 2016(1)
Prentice 1997(2)
Works Cited
1.Taxonomic revision of the tarantula genus Aphonopelma Pocock, 1901 (Araneae, Mygalomorphae, Theraphosidae) ...
Chris A. Hamilton, Brent E. Hendrixson, Jason E. Bond. 2016. ZooKeys 560: 1–340.
2.Theraphosidae of the Mojave Desert west and north of the Colorado River (Araneae, Mygalomorphae, Theraphosidae)
Thomas R. Prentice. 1997. The Journal of Arachnology 25:137–176.