Assessor: Robin Lyle
The baboon spider, Pterinochilus murinus, appears in the international exotic pet trade regularly (see websites listed below for examples). This species is desired for its large size and colour variations. The species within the genus have notes available on the internet on how to breed them in captivity (http://arachnoboards.com/threads/pterinochilus-murinus.13557/).
This species has a wide distribution throughout out Africa (Angola, Central, East and Southern Africa WSC, 2018)
World Spider Catalog (2018). World Spider Catalog. Natural History Museum Bern, online at http://wsc.nmbe.ch, version 19.0, accessed on 24 January 2018. doi: 10.24436/2.
No data is available.
Mygalomorphs, in which the family Theraphosidae belongs, are exceptionally long lived for spiders with some living beyond 20 years (Dippenaar-Schoeman, 2002). This species is a long living and dispersal-limited endemic that is currently protected within a national park.
Dippenaar-Schoeman, A.S. 2002. Baboon and Trapdoor Spiders of Southern Africa : An Identification Manual, Handbook N. ed. Plant Production Research Institute. Agricultural Research Council, Pretoria