Spiderlings of Pamphobeteus sp. “costa” were introduced to the US in 2014. At the time, retained purple coloration of P. sp. “costa” females was promoted. I recall buying quite a few, and not many were imported. We are happy to offer a second generation of captive-bred P. sp. “costa,” and now, molt-sexed spiderling-juvenile females.
Most Pamphobeteus hail from the northwest Andes in South America. P. sp. “costa” is from the Ecuadorian coastal region, specifically Ecuador’s coastal province of Manabi (costa, Spanish for coast). Manabi has many different climates, although dry climate predominates, specifically tropical savanna (Köppen class Aw). Along these lines, you may find P. sp. “costa” spiderlings somewhat more tolerant of dryness than many of its rainforest cousins. Spiderlings are robust-appearing and have hearty appetites. They bear the abdominal ‘Christmas tree’ pattern seen on a few other Pamphobeteus species, including P. sp. “platyomma” and P. cf. “insignis.”
If you are a fan of Pamphobeteus, you won’t regret adding Pamphobeteus sp. “costa” to your collection.
Photo courtesy Benjamin Weber.