Conserving the Nature of America
Service Initiates Endangered Species Act Status Review of 11 Tarantula Species

December 3, 2013

Claire Cassel
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Female spider with magnificant bluish-purple legs and a bright yellow marking on her knees. Even if you don't like spiders, this species is absolutely beautiful.

Gooty sapphire ornamental tree spider (Poecilotheria metallica), a species native to India. Credit: William Foster. Some rights reserved.
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced a positive 90-day finding on a petition to list 11 foreign tarantula species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). These species include six species native to India (Poecilotheria formosa, P. hanumavilasumica, P. metallica, P. miranda, P. rufilata, and P. striata) and five species native to Sri Lanka (P. fasciata, P. ornata, P. pederseni, P. subfusca and P. smithi). Each of the 11 species is known by multiple common names.
As a result of the positive 90-day finding, the Service will conduct a 12-month status review of the species to determine whether the petitioned actions are warranted.
To ensure a comprehensive status review, the Service is soliciting scientific and commercial information from the public regarding these species, in particular their status and threats. Public comments will be accepted on or before February 3, 2014.
For more information on the ESA’s petition process, go to

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