- May 28, 2012
I bought an adult female B. baumgarteni earlier this year and man, what a beautiful tarantula. Absolutely stunning.For many years B. smithi and B. annitha are consider to be two separate species. With the new taxonomy revision on the Brachypelma species from my understanding is Brachypelma annitha will no longer be a valid name. Supposedly it suppose to be Brachypelma hamorii. This is not 100% percent true but that is the word that it has been said to me. So if that is the case annitha is still and will be a separate species like it should. I've had a few specimens of smithi and annitha and still do at home there is a difference between the two.
You guys need to to spend some extra cash when annitha is available for sale so you can see the difference between the two species, same with Brachypelma boehmei and baumgarteni. A lot of people are missing out on the baumgarteni. For the first time in history the female baumgarteni will finally be described. Watch out for the hybrids between boehmei and baumgarteni. Purchase from dealers that have the pure species don't miss out on them.
I have what I am sure is a boehmei hybrid also. By all accounts, I would expect him to be mature by now. He's at or near 6" leg span, refuses to eat after his last molt, and acts like a mature male, but no emboli. I don't know what's up with him and I wonder if it has anything to do with being a hybrid. He's very pretty, as you can see, but I don't believe him to be a pure boehmei so he's a pet only (photo of him below). I don't expect him to be around much longer since he's refused every manner of feeder I've given him (including bug soup, just in case).