Formerly known as Pachypelma oculatum this species has an unique appearance and unusual behaviour and is our favourite of all the Chilean species. Though similar to other Euathlus species it is also remarkably different, with very thin elongated covered in orange or bright pink long bristly hairs. The most intriguing part of this spider is the abdomen, it has the classic Euathlus coloured tuft of hair on the front of the abdomen followed by two ocular patches of urticating hairs that resemble eyes lower and then tufts of "V" shaped hair going down to the spinnerets.
This species is semi arboreal and adapted to a semi arboreal existence,
slowly creeping forward on their long thin legs. What's more extraordinary is
its diurnal (day active) behaviour and can be often seen wandering over tree
trucks and rocks during the day. It is interesting that species from Chile are
generally calm and docile, this one is the exception and will rear up and display
it's fangs ready to bite if provoked. Presumably if they are wandering and hunting
its more likely to face predators than other species that don't move far from
This needs to be thought about when setting up the enclosure.
This species will benefit from a slightly larger than normal enclosure with
plenty of ground level shelters but also cork and other decor to climb. The
first time we received this species we where surprised how rarely they went
into there hides and often clambering about the terrarium during the day. They
are a southern species and are found are high elevations so have very cold night
time temperatures even during the summer months. A seasonal change in climate
is likely to be needed to condition for breeding and spiderling don't feed if
kept to hot.