Juvenile female Aphonopelma seemanni (Nicaragua), captive bred, molt-confirmed, awfully cute. Native to subtropical Central America. Hardy, with blue color most intense post molt. Recommended for advanced beginners and above.
Aphonopelma are found from the US southwest to subtropical Central America.
Seemann found the type species in Puerto Culebra, Costa Rica, and deposited it in the British Museum, London. In 1897 F. O. Pickard-Cambridge described the species, naming it after the collector.
According to Ray Gabriel (British Tarantula Society), before 2014 the source of hobby Aphonopelma seemanni was Guatemala. However, these he reports are a different species. Gabriel suggests the name Aphonopelma sp. “Guatemala striped knee” to prevent confusion before proper description.
In 2014 the source for A. seemanni changed to Nicaragua (adjacent to the the type locality, Costa Rica). Gabriel has verified these as A. seemanni.
Nicaragua is the source for currently available A. seemanni (and Tliltocatl albopilosus) in the US and Europe.
A. seemanni (Nicaragua) is easy to keep. Handling is not recommended. A. seemanni is as blue as A. sp. “Guatemala striped knee.” Both species are brightest blue immediately post molt, with fading over months. The next molt restores blue color.
 Pickard-Cambridge, F. O. (1897a). Arachnida – Araneida and Opiliones. In: Biologia Centrali-Americana, Zoology. London 2, 1-40, pl. 1-3
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