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Spiders - Photo (c) gbohne, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)
loarie's ID: Spiders (Order Araneae)
Posted by loarie about 4 years ago (Flag)
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'big butt spider' seems as good a name as any

Posted by charlie about 4 years ago (Flag)
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Spiders - Photo (c) gbohne, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)
charlie's ID: Spiders (Order Araneae)
Posted by charlie about 4 years ago (Flag)
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could be... I just noticed the pill bug to the far left, that is one huge spider. I didn't know tarantulas extended that far north but they are definitely present (though rarely seen) in coastal areas of southern California. In the desert too, of course.

Posted by charlie about 4 years ago (Flag)
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This doesn't look hairy enough to be a true theraphosid. My guess is that it's a female Calisoga longitarsis, which is a sizable mygalomorph that's pretty common in the Bay Area. How big was it and where did you find it?

Posted by kueda about 4 years ago (Flag)
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Hi... the "butt" (abdomen?) was the size of a nickel and we saw it in Santa Cruz, in the UCSC Arboretum.

Posted by seathingie about 4 years ago (Flag)
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False Tarantula - Photo (c) Ken-ichi Ueda, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by Ken-ichi Ueda
kueda's ID: False Tarantula (Calisoga longitarsis)

If it was that big then I think this is the one.

Posted by kueda about 4 years ago (Flag)
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False Tarantula - Photo (c) Ken-ichi Ueda, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by Ken-ichi Ueda
barbarab's ID: False Tarantula (Calisoga longitarsis)
Posted by barbarab almost 4 years ago (Flag)
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I am really tempted to put 'big butt spider' as one of the common names for this species... but I resisted.

Posted by charlie almost 4 years ago (Flag)
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Thanks for resisting. There are many spiders with some junk in the trunk, so it's not the best common name.

Posted by kueda almost 4 years ago (Flag)
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good point, it doesn't give 'credit' to other copious-abdomened spiders.

Posted by charlie almost 4 years ago (Flag)
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False Tarantula - Photo (c) Ken-ichi Ueda, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by Ken-ichi Ueda
Community ID: False Tarantula (Calisoga longitarsis)
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loarie's ID: Spiders (Order Araneae)
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