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- noun zoology Any member of the Theraphosidae.
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All this from the prophets of theraphosid prognostication, who SWORE that the spider must be a male because its "such and such was so and so".
Everything I know about sex I learned from my tarantula Douglas Hoffman 2005
When threatened (big theraphosid spiders are their most likely predators), they tuck in their limbs and fold their heads down to form a ball-like shape.