- Jan 1, 2018
It can be hard at first, but I really would recommend you try harder to get the scientific names down. With 1,000+ species (obviously most aren't in the hobby), there's only so many combinations of generic words that can be formed into a common name. Take "Texas Brown" for instance: certainly it's an Aphonopelma, but aside from that it's really a guessing game since there's really no guarantee of it's source locality. Same goes for red leg, red knee, fire leg, fire knee. Sure there's certain species that are more commonly referred to as something, but we've all seen misidentified Brachys due to common name use. And what about B hamorii / B smithi? Are there even two separate common names for these species? Not to mention shops are notorious for just making up names.Common names suck, but I can't remember all the scientific ones so I stick to the common names.
Since most of us use scientific, the more you research and read on here, the easier it should become. Just get in the habit of completely ignoring the common names - only label using their proper taxonomic name, keep your wish list and feeding/molting notes the same way. Start with getting the genus down, then move onto individual species.
As for the best blue display T, GBB hands down. (I realize the irony in using the acronym here after what I initially said, but there are always exceptions. GBB, OBT, LP, etc)