Avicularia variegata? (Sold as Avicularia avicularia)
Our daughter (after months of research and bartering) convinced us to add a T to our family. However, when we were picking it up at the pet store we were told A. Avicularia, upon closer inspection my daughter and I have other suspicions (A. Variegata) or still too young to tell?
still too young to tell. Taxonomy on avics have always been a bit murky, and with all the changes they grow through from sling to adulthood, even murkier trying to ID at any stage before adulthood, then even adulthood it can be a challenge. Others here say DNA testing may be the only solid answer, even then possibly hybridizing over years may make things difficult.
I agree it was labeled correctly. You raise enough variegata you can tell OPs apart. I have pics of variegata at every stage/size if you want see and compare.

@Venom1080 variegata don't have abdominal patterns? Huh?
@CEC that would actually be really cool to have! I don't know if it's just me , but we were looking for exactly that just for an A. Avicularia to see what we could expect and note (any differenecs similarities due to region, possible sub species/hybridism and things like that) and it seems very shuffled and different from picture to picture, almost impossible, as a new comer, to decide what differences to ignore and which tell me certain images are the same or different species in the stages of life. Thank you so much for offering!
@Venom1080 Sure they do and in my observations, variegata keep the abdominal pattern to a bigger size than any other species/morph I have raised. Like beyond 4", although faded. Even my 6+" girl still slightly showing.
Agree with all, at about that size, certainly larger, the abdomen becomes quite red, straw yellow leg bands appear and white tipped setae across entire body.

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