A recent addition to the Brachypelma genus which is only found in the Mexico state of Guerrero. It is entirely black with reddish setae (hair) on the dorsal part of the abdomen and has a light coloured carapace by contrast. It is presumed that there is two colour forms: one - with the carapace having distinct almost black "V" marking on the anterior face (similar to B.emilia) and the second which has a plain carapace without the marking. This species is found in dry thorn forests where they live in burrows under large rocks. Its distribution is sympatric with the well known Mexican Red Knee (B.smithi) but its range is not as wide.
In captivity this species can be supplied with a hide but will probably not use it and spend most of its time out in the open. It is rather calm and docile though can sometimes be nervous and can flick urticating hairs. Though like most Brachypelma sp. it is recommended for novices. Keeping this species is not difficult and Spiderlings are are hardy with a good appetite, they grow relatively fast compared to other members of the same family.
This species has been bred and sold in the hobby mistakenly named "Aphonopelma pallidum" (Tarantula species from different genus found in Chihuahua state of Mexico and is distinctly smaller in size) as well as "Brachypelma pallidum" (non-existent name). It is named in honour of the French Arachnologist Jean Micheal Verdez, who recognized that this species should be an undescribed one. This species is considered a threatened endangered species and it is unfortunately sold and used by local peasants for holistic medicinal purposes. It would be nice to see more breeding of this species as at present they are not commonly available.
WEST, R.C. 2005. The Brachypelma of Mexico. Journal of the British Tarantula Society 20(4): 108-119.
Locht A., Yáñez M. et Vázquez I. (1999). Distribution and natural history of mexican species of Brachypelma and Brachypelmides (Theraphosidae, Theraphosinae) with morphological evidence for their synonymy Journal of Arachnology 27: 196-200.
Smith A.M. 1995 Tarantulas of the U.S.A. and Mexico. Fitzgerald Publishing London, 196 pp.