Poecilotheria metallica, also known as the Gooty sapphire ornamental, is an Old World species of tarantula. It is the only blue species of the genus Poecilotheria. Like others in its genus it exhibits an intricate fractal-like pattern on the abdomen.
Gooty in its common name refers to the place where she has been found for the first time, which is wrong since although the animal was caught in the railway timber yard in Gooty, the specimen could have come from a total other area.
The Poecilotheria-genus is known to be as beautiful as potentially dangerous. The spider will try to flee at first. Persistent provocation can result in a bite. The bites are very painful and can result in hospitalization. The species will create a assymetric tunnelweb, being mostly visible at night. Interesting is the fact Poecilotheria metallica can be kept communal. Provide a correct amount of food in order to prevent cannibalism. Don’t put them together when they were once separated.