Heteroscodra maculata Pocock, 1899, also known as the “Togo starburst baboon” or “Ornamental baboon”, is a very stunning and remarkable bird spider due to its colouration and patterns from West-Africa. However she’s been linked with baboon spiders, she belonged to the subfamily of the Stromatopelminae for a long time (and not the Harpactirinae). African theraphosids are commonly given the title of baboon spider, which explains why she carries the name. Since March 2017 the spider belongs to the subfamily of the Aviculariinae. With her relatively short and robust legs, black patterns on a greyish skin and baldness except for the legs she distinguishes herself from other bird spiders. Heteroscodra maculata is a pleasure to watch, intriguing at first glance and a must have arboreal tarantula.
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