Goliath Birdeater: Images of a Colossal Spider

The Goliath birdeater (Theraphosa blondi)

A spider belonging to the tarantula family Theraphosidae. Found in northern South America, it is the largest spider in the world. By leg-span, it is second to the giant huntsman spider, but it is the largest by body size and mass. It is also called the Goliath bird-eating spider; the practice of calling theraphosids “bird-eating” derives from an early 18th-century copper engraving by Maria Sibylla Merian that shows one eating a hummingbird. It only rarely preys on adult birds.1)https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goliath_birdeater

Goliath Birdeater

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1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goliath_birdeater

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