DANTE FENOLIO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DANTE FENOLIO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
The Mexican red-legged tarantula, Brachypelma smithi, is an endangered species. Habitat alteration and over-collection by the pet trade has pushed wild populations to the brink of collapse. This 15-year-old captive-borne female was photographed in 2007.
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