hey, can anyone suggest what the species or genus may be?
found in the Peruvian Amazon in Madre de Dios, Tambopata.
large black tarantula about 7 inches and when i freaked him out he flashed a blue colour. Pamphobeteus antinous maybe?
@Nightstalker47 My apologies, should have said what I commented is that it isn't a fact. I was told by a local vet/tarantula hobbyist there that it isn't 'antinous' and he was saying in Peru, they call it Pamphobeteus sp. Tambopata. @cold blood my bad if I was wrong, didn't have a scientific source behind this. I was also told there's a large black species of Pampho that has a 'Christmas' pattern on it's abdomen from that area too, so I thought it wouldn't be in the antinous complex at all either, but could be wrong.
@Nightstalker47 Interesting, I was under the impression that the cf. antinous was from Iquitos (along with the sp. 'arana pollito'). And you're right, it is a mess sadly. If you eevr get the chance to visit South America, visit Ecuador or Peru, you'll see the difference in Pamphobeteus, you could be in one area and see a species of them and drive only an hour away and see a completely new species of Pampho.
Your tarantula should probably be called: "Pamphobeteus antinous (locality: Madre de Dios, Tambopata)"
The large Pamphobeteus in the Madre de Dios region of Peru and NW Bolivia are considered to be the infamous "Chicken Spiders" or "arana pollito". They have thicker legs than than the Pamphobeteus cf. antinous found in the northeastern part of Peru. Their legs are almost "Theraphosa thick!" and this species can achieve 9.5"+ leg spans. The "big black" Pamphobeteus cf. antinous have been collected around Pucallpa, Peru along the Ucayali River in the Amazonian rainforest of eastern Peru. Throw into the confusion of all this is that P. grandis is collected in NE Peru and exported in the last 10 years and sold as "P. antinous" by exporters in Peru and then in error by U.S. importers. Note the "big black" Pamphobeteus cf. antinous are calmer and sometimes in the adult females "docile" compared the the high strung and semi-aggressive P. grandis southeast of Iquitos, Peru. Now to blow everybody's mind, the light color form of Pamphobeteus fortis is found near Pucallpa, Peru. The dark form is found in Colombia. Yes, the genus needs full revision - bad!