The sale of tarantulas for either human consumption or for preparation of medicines has become more widespread in Cambodia over the last 10-20 years. With increased media exposure, the trade seems to be increasing, but there are serious questions as to its sustainability because of possible over-collecting of the spiders and also loss of habitats. This note outlines some of the fundamental questions that need to be addressed if this spider trade is to be sustainable or else we could see the loss of an important link in the forest food chain.
Yen, A. L., & Ro, S. (2013). The sale of tarantulas in Cambodia for food or medicine: is it sustainable? Journal of Threatened Taxa, 5(1), 3548–3551. https://doi.org/10.11609/jott.o3149.153