A. seemani or Aphonopelma sp guatemala?

TheFredz

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I brought this T's for a local exotic pet store. The tank was only labeled as Zebra Tarantula.

People on another forum tough it was either a A. seemani or a Aphonopelma sp guatemala but no one seemed to be quite sure maybe you guys can help me

http://img192.imageshack.us/img192/8679/img2331hn.jpg

http://img808.imageshack.us/img808/7527/img2328.jpg

http://img718.imageshack.us/img718/6578/img2327fi.jpg


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http://img535.imageshack.us/img535/4885/img2318h.jpg

http://img138.imageshack.us/img138/450/img2316v.jpg

thanks in advance
 

Ictinike

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Aphonopelma sp Guatemala

I have one similar that I'm waiting to come out of hiding from a recent molt to get better pics.

I posted a recent thread about my girl as well and she's definitely gone through a color change with the recent molt and I hope to add these pictures to the thread.

http://www.arachnoboards.com/ab/showthread.php?t=192487

Also, read into Eddy Hijmensen (user: metallica here on AB) article "Stop! Who Goes There?" American Tarantula Society (ATS) that describes A. sp Guatemala.

The main feature at this point is the "cross swoosh" on the metatarsi which yours shows in the images. You can see this in several of the images you've posted.

Good luck with it and they definitely seem to go through a color change upon reaching 3-4" and turn a "bluish" hue yet retain the beautiful cream colored underside.

Also your specimen seems quite dehydrated and I'm sure you know this by the "wrinkling" in the abdomen. It seems well housed and the water dish I'm sure it will be using to rehydrate.
 

TheFredz

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Thanks for the tons of info Ictinike!

I didn't really notice the shriveled abdomen until I took pictures as it is not really apparent to the naked eye. I just got It yesterday but he is quite active and not going into any form of death curl at all. So I'm fairly certain he will be just fine once he rehydrate himself a bit.

He could really use a molt thought as It has a bald spot and the legs look a bit worn out too
 

skippy

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Thats true so... I forgive you :D big of me, no?
 

Ictinike

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Yea it may be the angle and such on the abdomen that appears shriveled but from what I can see it will do quite well now in your care.

This sp Guatemala has been showing up recently in local area pet stores from the recent posts about them and I've had mine now a year which was also picked up as "Striped Knee" in one of my LPS too.

It's a debate that has been going on as to it being a true A. seemanni especially with the orange spinnerets and if you search here you'll find most of those threads.

I think right now the most definitive information is that what Eddy has provided and his on-site research. While no one can really say since no true investigation has gone on as of yet we simply will continue to label them sp Guatemala until such research provides proof one way or another.

Yours looked similar to mine before this last molt in color and the "scuffed/banged" up appearance. She sealed herself in her hide for nearly 1 month without food before molting out. She's now still in this hide and I've not seen her venture out since then which was roughly 2 weeks ago so don't be alarmed if yours does the same. I was kinda worried her first molt (not this last) upon doing that but she pulled through and it was nearly 9 months before her last molt. Mine has a temper but eagerly fed and dug around in the substrate. I've kept her fairly dry soaking the substrate once every couple of weeks by overflowing the water dish but she seems to prefer it on the dry side. I would make sure to keep yours maybe more on the damp side and provide as much water as it will take to rehydrate and I wouldn't be shocked if shortly afterward it molted.

Good luck with it and while now it doesn't seem like much when they molt into their "blueish" hue they look amazing! I cannot wait until mine finally emerges so I can grab some updated pics! :D

I'll see if I can grab some "in burrow" shots later today of her new colors if she's near the entrance.. Won't show much but hopefully shows the color difference :)
 

brian abrams

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Stripe knee

Don't rule out Accanthoscurria sp., ex A Insubtillus, A Paulensis, and A Borealis.
 

Ictinike

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Don't rule out Accanthoscurria sp., ex A Insubtillus, A Paulensis, and A Borealis.
In my case, if you read the thread above, I don't think it's any Accanthoscurria based on the spermathecae and other telling signs.
 
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