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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 9 years ago

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CalebSteindel 9 years ago

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

ulvalactuca77 11 years ago

Magnificent spotting!

Andreas Kay
Andreas Kay 11 years ago

Thanks for the interesting info Karen :)

KarenL 11 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 11 years ago

Very cool the associated video also makes it extremely cool

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 11 years ago

cool video and great series!

VivBraznell 11 years ago

Wow! What colours .. great spotting

MartinL 11 years ago

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

Andreas Kay
Andreas Kay 11 years ago

Thanks for ID João :)

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 11 years ago

That is awesome, love the iridescence!

LeanneGardner 11 years ago

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

João Burini
João Burini 11 years ago

Probably a Pamphobeteus species.

Andreas Kay
Andreas Kay 11 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 11 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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