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Is my A. geniculata a N. chromatus?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by AngelDeVille, Jul 10, 2018.

What do we have here...

Poll closed Jul 24, 2018.
  1. A. geniculata

    8 vote(s)
  2. N. chromatus

    11 vote(s)
  3. Sonic the Hedgehog

    3 vote(s)
  4. Too early to tell

    1 vote(s)
  5. Other

    0 vote(s)
  1. AngelDeVille

    AngelDeVille Fuk Da Meme Police

    So most of my slings L. parahybana, N. chromatus, A. geniculata have been looking like brown spiders.

    June 13, what I thought was my A. gen molted, and I finally saw these beautiful striped legs.

    Today she molted again, and this is what we got... some definite beautiful red there...

    L. sp and N. sp as I have them labeled still look about the same, no real definition.



    Maybe there is a chance I mislabeled or mixed the two up? But I do kinda doubt it...

    Edit: damn she pretty...
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  2. tewebag

    tewebag Arachnoknight

    It looks like an A. geniculata to me, what size is it?
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  3. AngelDeVille

    AngelDeVille Fuk Da Meme Police

    Thanks, I only have a couple spiders at the 2” mark so seeing the little brown spiders grow up is super exciting!

    She’s maybe 1”
  4. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member


    this would be what a genic would look like for comparison

    this is chromatus
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  5. PidderPeets

    PidderPeets Arachnoprince Arachnosupporter

    I know it's partially because it's fresh from a molt, but that carapace looks too light for a genic to me. It looks like the start of the greyish carapace found on N. chromatus. So my vote is also on chromatus.
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  6. AngelDeVille

    AngelDeVille Fuk Da Meme Police

    The color is a bit washed out in my pic...

    I may be getting blinded a bit by just looking at the abdomen.

    The abdomen is not quite as bright as this.. but looks similar to me.

    This has been one of my most exciting husbandry days to date, 3 molts in one day!

  7. PidderPeets

    PidderPeets Arachnoprince Arachnosupporter

    If it looks like that, it's a chromatus. These are two pictures of when my smaller chromatus was about that size, and it looks near identical to me

    This one's blurry, but it's fresh after a molt, so it's more relevant for you:

    This one was when it was the same size, but literally right before it flipped for it's next molt:
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  8. The Grym Reaper

    The Grym Reaper Arachnoreaper Arachnosupporter

    N. chromatus, the cream carapace is the giveaway, A. geniculata has a black carapace.

    Earliest pic I have on here of my female.
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  9. Greasylake

    Greasylake Arachnoprince

    This was my 2" chromatus a day after its molt. DSC_0101.JPG
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  10. KezyGLA

    KezyGLA Arachnoking

    Looks like A. genic to me.
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  11. boina

    boina Lady of the mites Arachnosupporter

    I'm going with A. genic. They can have a light carapace as small juveniles. I found my A. genic and N. chromatus practically indistinguishable at that age, especially since one of my chromatus had a dark carapace up until subadult. So I'd just wait it out. A few more molts should make it very clear.
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  12. WoofSpider

    WoofSpider Arachnosquire

    I'm honestly not confident enough one way or the other to cast a definitive vote. They are rather similar looking until they are grow up a bit. So I guess I'll be the one person who votes "Too early to tell".

    I really just wanted to include my own comparison pictures.

    Here's older pics of my genic and chromatus respectively. At this size (and with poor lighting) they really can be difficult to distinguish.
    This is what they look like now and it's pretty clear as to which is which.
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  13. Misty Day

    Misty Day Arachnobaron

    N.chromatus. They have prominent red hairs on abdomen once they start to show some colour.
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  14. AngelDeVille

    AngelDeVille Fuk Da Meme Police

    I have an update that I put in my diary thread....

    On bed check my labeled N. chromatus has molted.

    Still around 1” brown carapace, brown abdomen, but now definite striping on the legs.

    So my labeled A. geniculata is about the same size. Last molt revealed reddish abdomen hairs and a reddish carapace, with rings, not stripes on the legs. Still wondering if they are mixed up...
  15. Dovey

    Dovey Arachnobaron

    I guess we're just going to have to wait and see!
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  16. any updates on the difference? I have also cm size and cant tell if it is A.genic :/