Harpactira dictator • 3/4 – 1″


Harpactira dictator (Cape Town tarantula), captive bred, from the environs of Cape Town, South Africa. This inhabitant of dry climes does well with dry substrate and room temperature.

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Harpactira dictator was described in 1902. Purcell and others collected specimens in neighboring municipalities (districts) beyond those collected from Swellendam, South Africa, east of Cape Town (below, left).

Localities for Harpactira dictator
Harpactira dictator was originally found in Swellendam, Robertson, Worcester, and Ladismith. All are in the vicinity of Cape Town.

H. dictator females grow to a hefty 4″. Males mature at 2 1/2″. Like most Harpactirinae (baboon tarantulas), this species comes from a dry, warm environment. In captivity, room temperature, dry substrate, and access to water are sufficient. Water access can be provided either continuously via a water dish, or intermittently via food or spritzed water droplets. These conditions can be used to both raise and breed H. dictator.

As for all Old World tarantulas, keep hands and fingers away. Use catch cups when time comes to transfer.

[1] Purcell, W. F. (1902a). On the South African Theraphosidae or “Baviaan” spiders, in the collection of the South African Museum. Transactions of the South African Philosophical Society 11: 319-347.

Additional information

Weight 0.01 lbs
Dimensions 1 × 0.5 × 0.5 in