Pamphobeteus sp. “mascara” (mascara giant birdeater) spiderlings, captive-bred, native to Ecuadorian dry coastal forest. A stocky, colorful and hardy species with imposing size and profile. Recommended for advanced beginners and above.
Basically black describes many Pamphobeteus species, both those described in the late 1800s/early 1900s and those recently introduced. Contrast Pamphobeteus sp. “mascara,” whose only parts that can be said to be black are its femurs. The rest is a study in shades of brown and red. Indeed, P. sp. “mascara” shows a panoply of colors and shades during development, giving rise to its name says its discoverer and breeder.
Size also distinguishes P. sp. “mascara.” Those grown here to adulthood are at least an inch larger than P. sp. “cascada,” a mostly black species introduced to the US alongside P. sp. “mascara” about 6 years ago.
P. sp. “mascara” comes from Ecuadorian dry coastal forest, near Manabi. P. sp. “mascara” is different from other Ecuadorian Pamphobeteus species, including P. ultramarinus, P. sp. “cascada,” P. sp. “costa,” P. sp. “Durán,” P. sp. “Esmeraldas,” P. sp. “Machala,” P. sp. “magna,” P. sp. “Manabi,” P. sp. “nigricolor,” and P. sp. “south Ecuador II.” Captive-bred lineages are sustained overseas. Keeping parameters are the same as those for Pamphobeteus in general.
Spiderlings and juveniles bear the Xmas tree abdominal pattern found on many Pamphobeteus species.
The first photo above shows a recently molted adult female. The second photo shows a recently molted immature female.
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