Brachypelma emilia

Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. 1856
London :Academic Press, [etc.],1833-1965.

In 1856 White described Mygale emilia from material he received from Dr Berthold Seemann. Seemann was the naturalist on board the survey ship HMS Herald. White takes special note of the “striking beauty of colour.” The life size drawing that is included in the description was made by Miss Spooner.

HMS Herald, the Atholl class survey ship under Captain Henry Kellett. Photo from wikipedia.

The habitat of Brachypelma emilia

Brachypelma emilia has the most Northern range of all the Brachypelma. They follow the foothills of the Sierra Madre Occidental in Nayarit and Sinaloa.

The lowlands of Nayarit consist of Sinaloa dry forest. (

The daytime temperature is around 30 C.

Just like the rest of Mexico there is a specific rain season from May to September.

Brachypelma emilia are like most other members of the genus opportunistic when it comes to burrows. If a hide is not available, they will dig a burrow. This can be under a rock or even out in the open.