MM H. maculata?
I thought that my H. mac had lost their dread of light because I had relocated their enclosure but then I noticed that they also look browner in coloring. I did not expect them to mature this small and tried photographing the pedipalps to confirm.
@lostbrane Only about 3” DLS

I didn’t think I could make out emboli, but still learning how arboreal and OW T’s look when mature.

The drastic change in behavior, that they no longer dart into their hide when I pick up their enclosure, much less when the light comes on, is really strange! And then their coloring also looks to me like the MM H. maculata I had. Since I’ve had male tarantulas mature much earlier than I expected (and didn’t even know were male), I thought I had better check.

Thank you, @lostbrane and @cold blood! :)
@cold blood But the pedipalps would look different if they were a mature male? Or is it impossible to tell from the photo? The ends of the pedipalps look rather similar to their tarsi to me — certainly not like the emboli of NW terrestrials which I am more familiar with.

I suppose it doesn’t matter greatly in this case; if they are a mature male, I’m not going to breed them. I wasn’t able to find a mate for my larger H. mac MM anyway. Maybe I’ll try again in the hopes of seeing what a female is like... with most tarantulas, raising them is more rewarding at least. This T I hardly saw until recently, only their discarded molts.
They wouldn't look like other tarsi, they would be blunted and there would be little (usually red) bulbs on the underside.

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Epiandrous fusillae sexing (Not Molts)
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