Rare tarantula sighted in Villupuram district

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  1. Researchers have spotted a Gooty Tarantula in the Pakkamalai Reserve Forests near Gingee in Villupuram district, Tamil Nadu
  2. The species of spider is also known as Peacock Parachute Spider or metallic tarantula because of its attractive iridescent colouration. It belongs to the genus Poecilotheria
  3. It is endemic to India and its home range is less than a 100 sq. kms in a reserve forest between Nandyal and Giddalur in Andhra Pradesh.
  4. T was first discovered in the town of Gooty in Andhra Pradesh in 1899.
  5. It is listed as “Critically Endangered” in the IUCN Red List.