Originally described by Koch in 1842, Mygale brunnipes was redescribed and renamed Kochiana brunnipes by Fukashima et al in 2008. Redescription was based on live specimens found in the Atlantic rainforest of northeast Brazil and photographs of the fragile, dried, pinned holotype. Bright pink legs distally contrast smartly with dark femurs, carapace and abdomen. A reflective gold patch presides on the dorsal abdomen. No other theraphosid from Brazil presents with this coloration. Arachnoiden’s experience with K. brunnipes reveals a colorful, active dwarf species with a digging streak, especially lower instars. Raised at room temperature with weekly crickets and water ad libitum, females here have matured at 2 inches. They are one of the easiest species to sex by molt; spermathecae are dark burgundy and can be seen in specimens as small as 1 inch. K. brunnipes is one of a kind, the only member of its genus.
The above photo shows a sub-adult female.