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Brachypelma albiceps

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Brachypelma albiceps has a somewhat tangled taxonomic history. In 1897, F. O. Pickard-Cambridge described the species Eurypelma pallidum (now Aphonopelma pallidum) on the basis of two males collected in Chihuahua, Mexico. He assumed that two female specimens, collected independently in Guerrero, belonged to the same species.[6] In 1903, R. I. Pocock used the new name Brachypelma albiceps for these two females. He did not give a full description, merely saying in a footnote that the name was for the females from Guerrero that Pickard-Cambridge had doubtfully assigned to the same species as the males

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Brachypelma albiceps is a species of spider in the tarantula family, Theraphosidae.[1] It is known as the Mexican golden red rump tarantula or the Amula red rump tarantula. The carapace is a light golden color and the abdomen dark, covered with long red hairs. Females typically live for about 15 years (up to 20). Males usually live about 5 years or up to 12 months after the last molt

Females of Brachypelma albiceps have a body length of about 65 mm. The fourth leg is longest at about 60 mm. The carapace is covered with fine hair; its apparent color depends on the illumination, varying from sandy grey through to rose or yellow. The pedipalps and the first two pairs of legs may be lighter than the last two pairs of legs. The abdomen is dark with bright red longish hairs (setae). The spermatheca has two rounded seminal receptacles

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Brachypelma albiceps, known in the hobby as the Mexican Golden Red Rump Tarantula or the Amula Red Rump is one of the best tarantulas in the hobby. This species has black velvety legs and abdomen with bright red setae on the abdomen and a light gold carapace that makes this t a gorgeous addition to any collection. This is a new world tarantula that doesn’t have medically significant venom but is equipped with urticating hairs which can be itchy if you are sensitive to them. The B. albiceps was described in 1903 and is found in the savanna and scrub lands of Mexico. They are found hiding in underground burrows, at the base of trees or in nests or burrows on the ground left behind by other animals. Females of this species can live as long as nearly 20 years getting to around 6” in size while males tend to live only 5 years and are a little smaller. This tarantula is known for its docile nature, rarely kicking hairs of showing defensive behaviors. Even as spiderlings, my Golden Red Rumps are slower moving and prefer to stay stationary anytime i remove their lid to feed or water. My adult specimen is a great eater, pouncing on prey as soon as it is near by, but my spiderling is a little more shy, waiting until i have put the lid back on the enclosure and placed it safely back on the shelf before even attempting to track and eat the cricket in their with her. This is a very thick and hardy species and one of the easiest NW species to care for making it an amazing beginner tarantula though they can be difficult to find for sale which usually means they are going to be more expensive than the more common Brachypelma species.

  I keep my spiderlings in my basic spiderling enclosure with more depth than height. As small slings, I have found they really like to burrow deep as spiderlings but after they get around an inch in size they tend to stay out on top most of the time. I keep the substrate for my spiderlings a little more damp than I do for larger specimens but avoid keeping things swampy. This can be accomplished by overflowing the water dish once a week or dripping water down the side corner of the enclosure. I try to keep the lower levels of substrate damp while allowing the top layers to remain dry, giving the tarantula the option to burrow deeper for more humid conditions or staying out on top for more arid conditions. I keep them on coco fiber and provide a little sphagnum moss and a tiny piece of cork bark for a hide.

 

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