Is this a Aphonopelma eutylenum or Aphonopelma Anax?
Drea

Is this a Aphonopelma eutylenum or Aphonopelma Anax?

This little dude was found in Lake Elsinore California. By location it should be the A. eutylenum but the gold carapace is very gold for that species. So Hopefully there is Aphonopelma pro here that can help.
This one is quite the mystery. Females and immature A. eutylenum are blonde; males are dark grey/ black with a golden carapace. This one isn't a mature male so I wouldn't say this is A. eutylenum. A. steindachneri also shares the same distribution in southern California as A. eutylenum and is a large black species. This one isn't a large black tarantula so I don't think it is A. steindachneri. It is definitely not A. anax since that species is located in south Texas. I'm stumped. Got anymore of these you can send my way so I can examine one? :D
 
@AphonopelmaTX I was hoping you would see this. :) I am going back out that way in two weeks to find more.
I will gladly send you one.

I did find a mature male but I released him since I didn’t have a female. He had the gold carapace, blackish/grey legs, black abdomen with burgundy hairs.
 

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