Murphy: Grammostola iheringi?
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Murphy: Grammostola iheringi?

I bought or saved Murphy from Petco. It was labeled as a Grammostola iheringi. As we all know acteon and iheringi are very close. Murphy measures about 5" L.S. at this point and I'm hoping to nail down if which species she is.
Others more adept than I are sure to chime in to the discussion. However, the color of the carapace is not consistent with any G. iheringi I remember, most are black in my experience. Additionally, the opithosoma is usually more uniformly reddish. However, although it's a very good picture, it really doesn't provide a view conducive to identification for one not particularly experienced.
 
It is not the best angle. I'll admit that. Not sure if it matters but the picture is also 5 days after a molt.
 
Grammostola actaeon loses the red setae on their abdomen as they grow. I don't know exactly when, but at 5" I would say that their abdomen would no longer be that bright red. My girl is about 4" and is still as red as my iheringi, though.
Grammostola iheringi will also have a swirl to the red hairs on their abdomen, unlike actaeon.
It does matter if they are freshly moulted, their exoskeleton won't be as dark.
 
My slightly smaller juvenile female Grammostola iheringi. Not the best photo to show the swirl of setae on her abdomen, but you can see the difference between hers and my actaeon female.
 

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