Need help with ID please
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Need help with ID please

Hey everyone I got this beautiful female the other day I was told she is an A. hentzi aka Texas brown tarantula but her abdomen had red setae instead of the brown that I've seen in pictures of the hentzi. This picture really doesn't do her colors justice but I was wondering if she really is a hentzi
looks like hentzi....colors fade late in molt cycles and become much brighter just after molting...this one just hasn't started fading yet.

@AphonopelmaTX knows the genus a ton better than I do though.
 
I can't confidently confirm the ID of this one as A. hentzi just from a picture. In my opinion it could be A. hentzi or an immature A. anax. A. hentzi can be brightly colored with red hairs on the abdomen and a copper carapace, dull dirt brown, or anywhere in between. Coloration can't be used to make a positive species ID.

If you want a positive ID though, save the next molt and send it to me. Then I will tell you with 100% certainty if it is A. hentzi. A. hentzi has two physical characters that separate it from all other American species: the shape of the spermatheca and the layout of the thick black bristles on the inside of coxa 1.
 
@AphonopelmaTX thank you for your response. I will save her next molt and contact you so I can ship it to you. I would love to mate this beauty but I dont want to do it unless I'm absolutely sure what species she is.
 
I also concur that that is definately A. hentzi. The black marking on the tarsus is fairly diagnostic of A. hentzi, when you have a brown to copper carapace, a brown to a dull red abdomen, and otherwise grey to brown coloring.
 
@Smokehound714 I've seen specimens of both hentzi and annax that have the clean and crisp appearance, especially after a molt. anax also more typically has more brown than grey with less demarcation of the banding in the legs- though this is not diagnostic of the species. anax also tends to have a larger leg span and a smaller body than hentzi.
 
I can't confidently confirm the ID of this one as A. hentzi just from a picture. In my opinion it could be A. hentzi or an immature A. anax. A. hentzi can be brightly colored with red hairs on the abdomen and a copper carapace, dull dirt brown, or anywhere in between. Coloration can't be used to make a positive species ID.

If you want a positive ID though, save the next molt and send it to me. Then I will tell you with 100% certainty if it is A. hentzi. A. hentzi has two physical characters that separate it from all other American species: the shape of the spermatheca and the layout of the thick black bristles on the inside of coxa 1.
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I can't confidently confirm the ID of this one as A. hentzi just from a picture. In my opinion it could be A. hentzi or an immature A. anax. A. hentzi can be brightly colored with red hairs on the abdomen and a copper carapace, dull dirt brown, or anywhere in between. Coloration can't be used to make a positive species ID.

If you want a positive ID though, save the next molt and send it to me. Then I will tell you with 100% certainty if it is A. hentzi. A. hentzi has two physical characters that separate it from all other American species: the shape of the spermatheca and the layout of the thick black bristles on the inside of coxa 1.
She finally molted and I posted a great picture of her molt. Can you please take a look and let me know what you think? I would be very grateful
 

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