Scientific Name: Tapinauchenius cupreus
Common Names: Violet Tree Spider | Ecuador Tree Spider | Black & Gold Tree Spider
Tapinauchenius is probably the fastest species of Tarantula on the planet, able to teleport from one side of an enclosure to another in the blink of an eye.
Tapinauchenius cupreus is a New World world arboreal species which is more like an Old World species in their definition. They lack urticating bristles on the abdomen and also lack the ability to stridulate (chafe) their fangs. They have a painful bite, but they are said to have a weaker venom than expected from an “Old-Word-Like” species.
If you are new to old world arboreal species or looking to keep old world arboreal tarantulas, the Violet Tree Spider is a good introduction species to learn how to manage the speed, behavior and temperament of species like Poecilotheria, Cyriopagopus, Stromatopelma or Heteroscodra species.