"tarantulas and solpugas and vinegarroons and the vicious mygale spiders"
Tarantula - Mexican flameknee tarantula ((Brachypelma auratum)
Public DomainMexican Flameknee Tarantula  - Credit: George Chernilevsky

Tarantulas, Solpugae, Vinegaroons and Mygalae belong to the Arachnid family.

Found variously in tropical, subtropical and desert regions throughout certain parts of the world, they feed mainly on insects and other arthropods, although tarantulas and mygale spiders are known to kill and eat animals as large as lizards, mice, and birds.

Only the Mygalae are true spiders, and only spiders of the Australian genus Atrax can be really harmful to humans.





Solpuga - Male Galeodes Solifuge
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeGaleodes Solpuga - Credit: Jon Richfield
Vinegaroon (Mastigoproctus giganteus)
Creative Commons AttributionMastigoproctus Giganteus Vinegaroon - Credit: Clinton & Charles Robertson
Mygale - California Trapdoor Spider (Bothriocyrtum californicum)
Creative Commons AttributionCalifornia Trapdoor Mygale Spider  - Credit: Davefoc