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Giant Purple Tarantula

Pamphobeteus sp.


about the size of a hand, the color of the legs is only apparent at certain viewing angles (iridescence)


spotted in a cloud forest at 2000 m

1 Species ID Suggestions

sjl197v2 8 years ago

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CalebSteindel 8 years ago

sjl97v2, could you please remove your suggestion? The spotting has already been identified.

ulvalactuca77 9 years ago

Magnificent spotting!

Andreas Kay
Andreas Kay 9 years ago

Thanks for the interesting info Karen :)

KarenL 9 years ago

Fun fact! Tarantulas have retractable claws on each leg. Falls can prove fatal for them because they have very thin skin, and even a fall from a short height can rupture their exoskeleton. Though most tarantulas spend most of their time on the ground, they sometimes climb trees and are able to get a better grasp by extending special claws at the end of each leg.

hg_williams3 9 years ago

Very cool the associated video also makes it extremely cool

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 9 years ago

cool video and great series!

VivBraznell 9 years ago

Wow! What colours .. great spotting

MartinL 9 years ago

This is spectacular Andreas.
I agree it is certainly Pamphobeteus.
Only the males have purple legs.

Andreas Kay
Andreas Kay 9 years ago

Thanks for ID João :)

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 9 years ago

That is awesome, love the iridescence!

LeanneGardner 9 years ago

Wow! Wow! Wow! Well done Andreas. Your spotting is amazing! Love the video too :)

João Burini
João Burini 9 years ago

Probably a Pamphobeteus species.

Andreas Kay
Andreas Kay 9 years ago

Thanks for the ID suggestion Jason. Avicularia purpurea is native of the Amazonas region of Ecuador, while I spotted this one in the Choco region west of the Andes, in rather cold cloud forest at 2000 m.

Tiz 9 years ago

IIiiih! Lovely! Cant make up my mind, I think I am happy you were the spotter, not me :) Great movie added!!

Andreas Kay
Spotted by
Andreas Kay

El Goaltal, Provincia del Carchi, Ecuador

Spotted on Jun 9, 2013
Submitted on Jun 10, 2013

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