Juvenile female Pamphobeteus sp. “platyomma” (Brazilian pink bloom tarantula), captive bred. This species has been popular for decades. A large terrestrial remarkable for shades of brown and a metallic starburst carapace pattern.
Perhaps appreciated most for bright pink metallic accents on the mature male, Pamphobeteus sp. “platyomma” is otherwise notable for dark brown shades in females and immature males. As with all Pamphobeteus, base colors are brightest after a molt.
The original Pamphobeteus platyomma was collected in Brazil (Mello-Leitão 1923). Whether the current hobby species is the same as that described by Mello-Leitão is unknown and perhaps doubtful. It is not known precisely where the type species and the current hobby form were collected. Brazil is a huge country. Indeed, in 2001 Pamphobeteus platyomma was deemed nomina dubia.  A consequence of these uncertainties is that it is probably best to refer to the current hobby form as P. sp. “platyomma.”
P. sp. “platyomma” 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 and juveniles have the Xmas tree abdominal pattern seen on many but not all Pamphobeteus.
The photo above, courtesy Melody Frazier, shows a semi-adult female.
 Bertani, R. (2001). Revision, cladistic analysis, and zoogeography of Vitalius, Nhandu, and Proshapalopus; with notes on other theraphosine genera (Araneae, Theraphosidae). Arquivos de Zoologia 36: 265-356.
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