This spider should belong to the genus Aphonopelma, as the majority of North American tarantulas north of Mexico do, but at the moment I have not identified it to species.
|A dark, almost black tarantula.|
|A close-up, showing the fangs (smaller, medial) and palps (to the sides of the fangs and leg-like), as well as the tiny eyes.|
|With photographer's finger for scale!|
|Probably Pepsis mildei with tarantula prey. NAS Miramar, San Diego County, California. Mid 1990s.|
|Desert Blonde Tarantula, rest area along the I-19 corridor, south of Tucson, Arizona. Summer 2011.|