New tarantula discoveries in Argentina, one species named after musician Atahualpa Yupanqui

This video from Mexico says about itself:

The Mexican red rump tarantula is a large jet black spider with bright red hairs on its abdomen. Although little is known about the biology of the ‘vagans’, as is with most tarantulas, adult females are normally 5- 7.5 cm in body length, with a leg span up to 13 cm. Adult males are usually smaller and shorter.

Vibrant example of the “red rump” a.k.a. Brachypelma vagans. Mexican red-rumps are nocturnal predators, feeding on ground-dwelling insects, arachnids, crustaceans and more. Just like the common Chilean rose hair tarantula, it has irritating bristle hairs on its abdomen used as a defense against other predators.

From Wildlife Extra:

Three new tarantula species discovered

Three new tarantula species have been found in northern Argentina by a team of scientists from the Universidad de La República, Uruguay.

These new tarantula species belong to the subfamily Theraphosinae, which are distributed exclusively in the Americas, with the greatest diversity is found in South America.

Melloleitaoina mutquina, has been named after Mutquín, where this species is distributed, while M. uru was inspired [on] an ancient legend [in] Quichua, from the northern limit of Argentina, about the Inca princess Uru, who because of her whims and bad government was transformed by the gods into a spider and forced to endlessly work weaving. Lastly, the third new species M. yupanqui, was named to honour the most important Argentine musician of folklore Atahualpa Yupanqui.

These often hairy and very large spiders known as tarantulas are one of the most famous arachnid groups. Despite their ill fame as vicious killers most tarantulas are harmless to humans. Most tarantulas have a long lifespan, in particular females who can live between 15 and 30 years.

This music video is called Atahualpa Yupanqui – 1957 – Camino del Indio.

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