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A Creole name for two species of tarantulas
"Matoutou falaise" is the vernacular name of Creole origin used in Martinique to refer to tarantulas. The island has two species: an arboreal tarantula called Avicularia versicolor, recognizable by the metallic blue-green coloring of its cephalothorax, and the terrestrial tarantula Acanthoscurria antillensis. The first one (photo) is the most famous because of its colors. It is found mainly in the humid forest in the northern part of the island, where it weaves funnel-shaped nests in the folded leaves or in the bark of trees. The second, on the other hand, lives on the ground in the dry regions of southern Martinique, where it digs burrows in the embankments and lines their entrance with its webs.
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