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Giant Purple Tarantula

Pamphobeteus sp.

Description:

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

Habitat:

spotted in a cloud forest at 2000 m

1 Species ID Suggestions

sjl197v2
sjl197v2 5 years ago
tarantula
Pamphobeteus


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14 Comments

CalebSteindel
CalebSteindel 5 years ago

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

ulvalactuca77
ulvalactuca77 7 years ago

Magnificent spotting!

Andreas Kay
Andreas Kay 7 years ago

Thanks for the interesting info Karen :)

KarenL
KarenL 7 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.

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hg_williams3
hg_williams3 7 years ago

Very cool the associated video also makes it extremely cool

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 7 years ago

cool video and great series!

VivBraznell
VivBraznell 7 years ago

Wow! What colours .. great spotting

MartinL
MartinL 7 years ago

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

Andreas Kay
Andreas Kay 7 years ago

Thanks for ID João :)

dandoucette
dandoucette 7 years ago

That is awesome, love the iridescence!

LeanneGardner
LeanneGardner 7 years ago

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

João Burini
João Burini 7 years ago

Probably a Pamphobeteus species.
http://www.insectaculture.com/pantinous....

Andreas Kay
Andreas Kay 7 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
Tiz 7 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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