There’s been a big stir in the tarantula hobby as a result of the new name changes that have been applied to certain red-rumped Brachypelma species from South America.
The new genus name for the species this applies to is TLILTOCATL, which is said to come from Aztec-Nahuatl origin and the words TLIL, which apparently means BLACK and TOCATL, meaning Spider, which is also mentioned in “The Toltec Secret” publication.
If you’re having trouble pronouncing this, don’t worry, everyone is. To help you, you can try to practice by saying CATLIL-TOE-CATTLE, and once you have that right, just remove the CA from CATLIL and you will have Tliltocatl… see? Easy. Lol.
The changes are as follows:
Brachypelma albopilosum >> Tliltocatl albopilosum – Curly Hair Tarantula
Brachypelma kahlenbergi >> Tliltocatl kahlenbergi – Kahlenberg’s Red Rump
Brachypelma schroederi >> Tliltocatl schroederi – Mexican Black Velvet
Brachypelma vagans >> Tliltocatl vagans – Mexican Red Rump
Brachypelma verdezi >> Tliltocatl verdezi – Mexican Rose Gray
Brachypelma epicureanum >> Tliltocatl epicureanum – Yucatan Rust Rump
Brachypelma sabulosum >> Tliltocatl sabulosum – Guatemalan Red Rump
Check our the video below by Martin from BirdspidersCH on YouTube!