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Observer

rjadams55

Date

December 16, 2014

Description

Around a half dozen individuals growing in a wood chip covered and shrub planted garden. Several individuals were excavated for identification. Identification of these mushrooms was based on their overall appearance, their rusty-orange spores, non-viscid caps and stems,and adnexed gills.

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What

Yellow Stainer Agaricus xanthodermus

Observer

rjadams55

Date

December 12, 2014

Description

One of many very similar Agaricus, this individual was identified by its broad, persistent veil, slightly fibrous cap, and the yellow staining that appeared when the cap was rubbed and when the base of the stalk was cut.

It was found in a suburban yard near downtown Salinas.

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What

cobwebby thistle Cirsium occidentale var. occidentale

Observer

rjadams55

Date

June 3, 2012

Description

Unlike many thistles which are introduced and invasive, Cobweb Thistle is a native species with numerous subspecies endemic to California.

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California sagebrush Artemisia californica

Observer

rjadams55

Date

November 25, 2011

Description

California Sagebrush is one of the most common plants in the coastal sage scrub habitat along with Poison Oak (Toxicodendron diversilobum) and Coyote Brush (Baccharis pilularis).

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elegant clarkia Clarkia unguiculata

Observer

rjadams55

Date

June 3, 2012

Description

The Elegant Clarkia (family Onagraceae) is one of the last of the "spring" wildflowers. A small patch were found on the Fort Ord National Monument along a shaded NW facing slope.

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bluewitch nightshade Solanum umbelliferum

Observer

rjadams55

Date

February 6, 2011

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Wavy-leafed Soap Plant Chlorogalum pomeridianum

Observer

rjadams55

Date

June 3, 2012

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Common Checkered-Skipper Pyrgus communis

Observer

rjadams55

Date

October 21, 2012

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Fiery Skipper Hylephila phyleus

Observer

rjadams55

Date

October 1, 2011

Description

Both male and female Fiery Skippers were seen feeding on garden flowers.

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Gulf Fritillary Agraulis vanillae

Observer

rjadams55

Date

December 27, 2014

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California Oak Moth Phryganidia californica

Observer

rjadams55

Date

June 14, 2012

Description

California Oak Moths (family Notodontidae) can be extremely common on the central California coast, occasionally emerging by the tens of millions where their caterpillars defoliate (but don't kill) large numbers of Coast Live Oaks (Quercus agrifolia). This appears to be another boom year for these moths with some oaks surrounded by huge fluttering swarms.

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Observer

rjadams55

Date

February 27, 2011

Description

A female wolf spider, Pardosa tuoba (Lycosidae). Identification was made by collecting several specimens (M&F) and both keying them out and comparing them directly to specimens at the California Academy of Sciences.

Plants

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What

Plants Kingdom Plantae

Observer

mticguzman

Date

July 8, 2015 11:51 AM PDT

Description

Red flowering tree near Amtrak station in Salinas, CA. Group of Amish traveling in train wondered what it is.

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What

Noble False Widow Steatoda nobilis

Observer

rjadams55

Date

May 30, 2012

Description

This adult female was found on my front porch. It was collected and its identity confirmed through an examination of its epyginum. To my knowledge it represented the first record of this introduced European species to central California.

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Sinuous bee fly Hemipenthes sinuosa

Observer

rjadams55

Date

June 14, 2012

Description

While hiking at Fort Ord National Monument (Coast Oak woodlands and chaparral) I saw at least half a dozen Sinuous Bee Flies (Family Bombyliidae) that appeared to be acting territorially along the sandy trails.

The species was identified by the "blob-like" dark marking near the apex of the wing.

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Observer

rjadams55

Date

May 30, 2012

Description

Pelegrina aeneola is one of the most common jumping spiders in California. This adult female was found on some shrubbery in my backyard. I collected it as a voucher and confirmed its identity by looking at its fine details under a microscope.

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Observer

rjadams55

Date

February 27, 2011

Description

An exceptionally dark penultimate female found under a rotting oak branch. Specimen was collected and identification made by Darrel Ubick, spider expert at the California Academy of Sciences.

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Observer

rjadams55

Date

May 31, 2010

Description

Psilochorus male found under the eaves of a public restroom near the Creekview Terrace parking lot. After photographing the spider I brought it home and identified it using:

Slowik, J. 2009. A review of the cellar spider genus Psilochorus Simon 1893 in America north of Mexico (Araneae: Pholcidae). Zootaxa 2144: 1-53.

Identifying features included the shape and placement of the cheliceral spurs and details of the pedipalps. The habitat was chaparral with scattered groves of Coast Live Oak.

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What

Gabilan Mountains Slender Salamander Batrachoseps gavilanensis

Observer

rjadams55

Date

December 4, 2010

Description

All of these were found under some old bricks and fence boards in my backyard. Identification based almost entirely on location, and to a lesser degree, morphology. Three were found.

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Pacific Gopher Snake Pituophis catenifer ssp. catenifer

Observer

rjadams55

Date

May 15, 2013

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California Striped Racer Coluber lateralis ssp. lateralis

Observer

rjadams55

Date

September 5, 2010

Description

A California Racer (also known as a Striped Coachwhip) rapidly moving through low brush on the Fort Ord Public Lands. Monterey Co., CA

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What

California Alligator Lizard Elgaria multicarinata ssp. multicarinata

Observer

rjadams55

Date

April 10, 2011

Description

Very dark and skittish individual. Identified by eye color and distinctly keeled back scales.

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Common Side-blotched Lizard Uta stansburiana

Observer

rjadams55

Date

September 5, 2010

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Botta's Pocket Gopher Thomomys bottae

Observer

rjadams55

Date

April 6, 2011

Description

This individual was burrowing in the lawn in front of the school.

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What

currant Genus Ribes

Observer

matty

Date

May 11, 2015 11:23 AM PDT

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What

ocean spray Holodiscus discolor

Observer

matty

Date

May 11, 2015 11:24 AM PDT

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Lupines Genus Lupinus

Observer

parobbert

Date

June 12, 2015

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Prickly Pears Genus Opuntia

Observer

parobbert

Date

June 12, 2015

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Century Plants Genus Agave

Observer

parobbert

Date

June 12, 2015

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mossy stonecrop Crassula tillaea

Observer

rjadams55

Date

February 27, 2011