Brachypelma annitha  Tesmoingt, Cleton & Verdez, 1997

Distribution: Mexico

Adult female.



Comments: In original description of  Brachypelma annitha sp. nov. and Brachypelma hamorii sp. nov. there is missing a locality designation of all type specimens and variations of somatic characters used for comparative analysis in both species (e.g. the cephalothorax and the patellae coloration, the shape of cephalothorax, the ocular tubercle and foveal groove, the shape of labial and maxillary cuspules, the sternal arrangement of sigilla, the shape of spermathecae, the spination of palpal tibiae and metatarsi IV).  Various population, but also various specimens inside the population can vary in many characters. Both new Brachypelma species of uncertain taxonomical position belong to the group of Brachyplema smithi (Cambridge, 1897).

The citation from the original description:

"Both species, B. annitha and B. hamorii, show an obvious morphological differences with B. smithi. The spermathecae and male copulatory organs are a subject of disscusion. If the spermathecae of B. hamorii differs from B. smithi, spermathecae of B. annitha differs less from B. smithi. On the other hand these differences are inverse in the case of male copulatory organs and tibial apophyses. If the bulbs and tibial apophyses of B. annitha differ from B. smithi, so these characters of B. hamorii are analogical to B. smithi and is presumed that B. hamorii is sub-species of B. smithi." (Tesmoingt, Cleton & Verdez, 1997)


For systematic comparative analysis and descriptions were used:

4x ecdysis of B. annitha, 1x male in alcohol, 1x female in alcohol

2x ecdysis of B. hamorii (one female died during the moulting, parasites), 1x male in alcohol

2x ecdysisof B. boehmei  

1x ecdysis of B. emilia

1x ecdysis of B. auratum

2x ecdysis of B. smithi, 1x male" (Tesmoingt, Cleton & Verdez, 1997)

(from French translated by R. Kaderka & J. Matušková, 2005)