Advertisement To start off I've been wanting to post photos of the two species and give a brief description between the two. So I'm creating this thread for the reasons of many people have a hard time ID the two species. Obviously DNA would be the best way to tell them apart. However since we are just miserable hobbyists that we can sometimes count on trusting and relying vendors and people like myself of posting photos and selling the true species between baumgarteni and boehmei. If you wish to know who are the current vendors who are selling Brachypelma baumgarteni private message me and I'll be more than happy to tell you who those vendors are. If you have purchased a tarantula that was sold as boehmei but if it has the appearance of a baumgarteni most likely it is 99% a hybrid. You should be asking yourself these questions. Why was it sold as boehmei? Why does it have the appearance of a baumgarteni? What are the years known that Brachypelma baumgarteni were successfully bred? Who were the breeders that successfully bred first and second inbred generations of Brachypelma baumgarteni? What were the known years and who imported Brachypelma baumgarteni? Who recently successfully bred first generation Brachypelma baumgarteni and where were they imported from? Was Brachypelma baumgarteni was ever successfully bred in the USA and who bred them? Once you have these answers you'll know the history of this beautiful species. Brachypelma baumgarteni immature male is 4.25" inches. I only wish that the baumgarteni male was a bit bigger and had more of the adult appearance but these photos will do for now. The baumgarteni male was imported out of Europe, it is the second inbreeding generation of this species, mated by Eddy Hijmensen "Metallica". The boehmei was also imported out of Europe. A brief description: As the baumgarteni gets bigger the species will have lots of black hair coloration around the lighting bolt pattern on the metatarsal. On all eight legs the lighting bolt pattern on the metatarsal will be equally visually seen vs the boehmei with a black line on the metatarsal on all eight legs. Brachypelma baumgarteni is light beige, peach coloration vs boehmei a fire red color. On the carapace between baumgarteni and boehmei and detail appearance between the two species is a huge difference as well. With the hybrids amongs us I understand that it would be difficult for most of you to determine and wether a specimen you've acquired or seen photo of is a hybrid or a true species. Since I have previously own hybrids and both true species I like to think I've done a good job of helping others properly ID some specimens. Plus knowing the history of the successful breeding is a major tool to use as well. Please keep in mind I'm no taxonomists but a miserable hobbyists that can only give you my best expert opinion by my experience of owning these true species as well with the hybrids that I've previously owned in the past. Bottom line is if you don't know the history of origins of you specimens between this two species, in my opinion you most likely don't have the true species. Anyways here are the photos of the Brachypelma baumgarteni vs Brachypelma boehmei.