Perhaps most notable for the stunning pink metallic accents on the mature male, Pamphobeteus sp. “platyomma” is otherwise appreciated for the subtle brown coloration of females and immature males. As with all Pamphobeteus, the base colors are brightest after a molt. The original Pamphobeteus platyomma was collected in Brazil (Mello-Leitão 1923). It is not entirely clear, and perhaps highly unlikely, that the current hobby species is the same; hence the name P. sp. “platyomma.” Nonetheless, it remains popular in the hobby and is frequently requested. Over the years, various ‘color forms’ have appeared, the most recent being P. sp. “platyomma” (hell bright). Whether these are color variants or different species remains to be seen.
P. sp. “platyomma” spiderlings have the Christmas tree abdominal pattern.
The photo above, courtesy Melody Frazier, shows a semi-adult female.