Pamphobeteus sp. “Durán” • 1″


Pamphobeteus sp. “Durán” (Durán birdeater) spiderlings for sale, captive bred, native to Ecuador. A large terrestrial with reddish purple femur iridescence. Recommended for advanced beginners and above.

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Pamphobeteus sp. “Durán” is a large, undescribed terrestrial from the Republic of Ecuador. Ecuador is home to many Pamphobeteus species, all of them found in lowlands or low foothills west or east of the Andean continental divide.

Durán is a coastal city, located near the mouth of the river Guayas (see inset).

Durán lies near the mouth of Rio Guayas, which drains a large coastal plain to the north. Other coastal Pamphobeteus spp. are sp. “Machala,” sp. “Manabi,” and sp. “Esmeraldus.”

Thus P. sp. “Durán” is in the west Andean, coastal Pacific group. Climate here is tropical humid, consistent with low elevation, equatorial latitude, and proximity to water.

Females of P. sp. “Durán” are shades of brown, with darkness depending on instar and stage in the molt cycle. Larger instars develop reddish purple femur iridescence. Males share this color pattern and additionally show extensive bright purple after the ultimate molt, a characteristic of the genus. The carapace of P. sp. “Durán” shows a metallic starburst pattern reminiscent of Xenesthis.

Spiderlings and juveniles show the Xmas tree pattern on their abdomens, characteristic of many but not all Pamphobeteus. Care is not difficult. Spiderlings do well at room temperature (68-72F). As for all Pamphobeteus, avoid prolonged dryness.

The photo above shows a young male (semi-adult).

Additional information

Weight 0.01 lbs
Dimensions 1.0 × 0.5 × 0.5 in