A.chalcodes..desert blonde..mexican blonde..I've got a sling and it looks no where near like that..nor do the pics I've seen of larger ones..It's light colored...hence "blonde"..or is there a variation of colors I'm not aware of?..or are they dark after molting turning lighter?...still it's a good looking T you have there....peace....
Just went to Rick west's site...looks like there's a color difference in gender of A.chalcodes..females being the lighter blonde color..males the darker black like yours.Must be one of the few species with different colors among genders(diphorism??sp?)....peace..
I was puzzled by this one too. I know for sure the female A. chacodes are blonde and brown, not black. But I can't say for sure what the male coloration is. I have heard of other Aphonopelma sp. that are darker in color.
Have you been able to sex your T using the old molt?
Im no expert.This critter was sold to me at a pet store as a Tuscon Blonde.The color did change a lot for the darker after the molt.I'll post this pic in the yahoo arachnids group and see what they say there.Thanks all...Rich
The photo on the Rick West site (of the male) doesn't look like that spider. The spider in this post has a carapace that looks coppery like a C. fasciatum and not tan/gold like the one on the Rick West site. Also the one on the Rick West site had some brown/tan coloring on the rear part of the abdomen where the spider in this post has a totally dark abdomen. Maybe just the photo, try posting another photo in better lighting at different angles. Still not convinced as A. chalcodes, although a cool spider and agree with you Pelo, there's definately more dimorphism in this species than I thought.
I sent this pic to Darrin Vernier,Im sure hes well up on the Aphonopelmas.ill let you all know aht he has to say..Thanks everyone....Rich....Im very surprised by the vast color change,and size change in this molt.
Now that pic says it all.Obviously it is an A.chalcodes.Has the right colors of a young A.chalcodes(male or female) before molting/maturing.Looks like mine also.The dramatic color change after molting is that it is a male.Males are of a different color in the A.chalcodes species.I think one could say the mystery is solved.Now you've got to find a nice female for it....peace..
I doubt your mature male will ever be properly ID, and even doubt more that it is Aphonopelma anax or hentzi. It is likely either an undescribed species or one of the many described species found in Arizonia. Simpley put, I doubt you'll ever find out without knowing the exact collection data on this guy. Enjoy him while you can and snap up looks of pics!