Taxon details

Brachypelma albiceps Pocock, 1903

  • Rank: Species
  • Status: accepted
  • Described: m f
  • Last updated: 2020-02-27
  • LSID: []
  • Distribution: Mexico
Type deposit provide information
  • Holotype: Senckenberg Museum, Frankfurt am Main (SMF), Germany; m (39013) of Brachypelmides ruhnaui (Mendoza & Francke, 2020)
  • Holotype: British Museum of Natural History (BMNH)/Natural History Museum (NHMUK), London, UK; f (1898.12.24.34-37) (Mendoza & Francke, 2020)
Taxonomic references
Eurypelma pallidum F. O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1897a: 21, pl. 1, f. 17 (f, misidentified).
Brachypelma albiceps Pocock, 1903b: 103 (Df).
Aphonopelma albiceps Smith, 1995: 70, f. 76-82 (removed f from S of A. pallidum).
Brachypelmides ruhnaui Schmidt, 1997d: 205, f. 1-4 (Dmf).
Brachypelmides ruhnaui Schmidt, 1997g: 19, f. 199-201 (mf).
Brachypelmides ruhnaui Locht, Yáñez & Vázquez, 1999: 196, f. 3 (m).
Aphonopelma albiceps Peters, 2000a: 23, f. 43 (f).
Brachypelmides ruhnaui Peters, 2000a: 76, f. 250-252 (mf).
Aphonopelma albiceps Peters, 2003: 32, f. 107 (f).
Brachypelmides ruhnaui Peters, 2003: 133, f. 542, 545-547 (mf).
Brachypelmides ruhnaui Schmidt, 2003l: 137, f. 207 (mf).
Brachypelmides albiceps Schmidt, 2004f: 4, f. 1 (T to synonymized generic name).
Brachypelma albiceps Locht et al., 2005: 108 (Tf from Aphonopelma, Sm).
Brachypelma albiceps Estrada-Alvarez, 2014: 57, f. 18 (f).
Brachypelma albiceps Mendoza & Francke, 2020: 93, f. 5A-G, 6A-D, 7A-G, 8A-B (mf).

Estrada-Alvarez, J. C. (2014). New data from mygalomorph spiders (Araneae: Mygalomorphae) of Estado de Mexico, with taxonomic comments about the genus Davus O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1892. Dugesiana 21(1): 55-66. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Locht, A., Yáñez, M. & 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. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Locht, A., Medina, F., Rojo, R. & Vázquez, I. (2005). Una nueva especie de tarántula del género Aphonopelma Pocock 1901 (Araneae, Theraphosidae, Theraphosinae) de México con notas sobre el género Brachypelma Simon 1891. Boletín de la Sociedad Entomologica Aragonesa 37: 105-108. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Mendoza, J. & Francke, O. (2020). Systematic revision of Mexican threatened tarantulas Brachypelma (Araneae: Theraphosidae: Theraphosinae), with a description of a new genus, and implications on the conservation. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 188(1): 82-147. doi:10.1093/zoolinnean/zlz046 download pdf -- Show included taxa

Peters, H.-J. (2000a). Tarantulas of the world: Kleiner Atlas der Vogelspinnen - Band 1. Published by the author, 148 pp. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Peters, H.-J. (2003). Tarantulas of the world: Amerika's Vogelspinnen. Published by the author, Wegberg, Germany, 328 pp. [Longhorn & Gabriel, 2019: 109: "We consider much of the information in Peters (2003) as erroneous"] download pdf download pdf -- Show included taxa

Pickard-Cambridge, F. O. (1897a). Arachnida - Araneida and Opiliones. In: Biologia Centrali-Americana, Zoology. London 2, 1-40, pl. 1-3. [for the exact dates see Lyal, 2011] download pdf -- Show included taxa

Pocock, R. I. (1903b). On some genera and species of South-American Aviculariidae. Annals and Magazine of Natural History (7) 11(61): 81-115. doi:10.1080/00222930308678729 download pdf -- Show included taxa

Schmidt, G. (1997d). Eine zweite Brachypelmides-Art aus Mexiko: Brachypelmides ruhnaui n. sp. (Arachnida: Araneae: Theraphosidae: Theraphosinae). Entomologische Zeitschrift 107: 205-208. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Schmidt, G. (1997g). Bestimmungsschlüssel für die Gattungen der Unterfamilie Theraphosinae (Araneae: Theraphosidae). Arachnologisches Magazin 3(Sonderausgabe): 1-27. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Schmidt, G. (2003l). Die Vogelspinnen: Eine weltweite Übersicht. Neue Brehm-Bücherei, Hohenwarsleben, 383 pp. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Schmidt, G. (2004f). Die Gattung Brachypelmides Schmidt & Krause, 1994 (Araneae: Theraphosidae: Theraphosinae). Tarantulas of the World 99: 4-5. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Smith, A. M. (1995). Tarantula Spiders: Tarantulas of the U.S.A. and Mexico. Fitzgerald Publishing, London, 196 pp. download pdf -- Show included taxa

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Date Type Reference Detail
2020-02-27 New taxonomic reference entry Mendoza & Francke, 2020 n/a
2014-09-14 New taxonomic reference entry Estrada-Alvarez, 2014 n/a