Discussion in 'Arachnids General' started by StoneSour, Mar 3, 2009.
This is my female Heteroscodra maculata (Ornamental Baboon Tarantula).
Something I have always wondered about.
Why do they call them "baboon" tarantulas?
I've always wanted an Ornamental! You lucky gun she is stunning!!
Merlin, I would say that the baboon is a direct translation from the Afrikaans word - Bobejaan Spinnekop. The tarantulas that originates from Africa always have baboon somewhere in their name. 'All' African tarantulas are called bobejaan spinnekoppe - English - baboon spider. They have long legs and are full of hair just like a baboon.
It is like Boom-Slang - it is actually an Afrikaans name pronounced in English. If translated it is Tree-Snake. It is pronounced = Boom - with a rounded mouth like bloom but without the l and Slang - is a long word slaaang.
Separate names with a comma.