Pamphobeteus sp. “Durán” • 1 1/2 – 2″ ♂


Male Pamphobeteus sp. “Durán” (Ecuador), captive-bred. A medium-large terrestrial colored in shades of brown. In young, freshly molted specimens of both sexes, femurs show reddish purple iridescence. Recommended for intermediate-level hobbyists and above.



Pamphobeteus sp. “Durán” is a large, undescribed terrestrial from the Republic of Ecuador. Ecuador is home to many Pamphobeteus species, all of them distributed either west or east of the Andes. Durán is a coastal city, located near the mouth of the river Guayas (see inset).

Durân lies near the mouth of Rio Guayas, which drains a large coastal plain to the north. Other coastal Pamphobeteus spp. include sp. “Esmeraldas” and sp. “Machala.”

Thus P. sp. “Durán” is one of the coastal Pacific group, west of the Andes. Climate here is tropical humid, expected perhaps given 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 have reddish purple femur iridescence. Males share this color pattern and show extensive bright purple after the ultimate molt, a trademark of the genus. The carapace of P. sp. “Durán” shows a metallic starburst pattern reminiscent of that seen in Xenesthis.

Spiderlings and juveniles have the Xmas tree pattern on their abdomens, characteristic of many but not all Pamphobeteus. Care is not difficult. As with all Pamphobeteus, avoid excessive dryness.

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

Additional information

Weight 0.01 lbs
Dimensions 1 × 0.5 × 0.5 in