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kueda

Date

July 1, 2015 10:10 PM PDT

Description

According to Garthwaite and Lawson this should be L. gracile. Unlike L. latum it is smooth instead of tuberculate.

Pretty interesting that they were here. Habitat was a dry creek bed that still had moist soil but no standing water. Not sure if it's seasonal in a normal year but unless we get some freak rain storms it seems like it'll probably get pretty toasty in the coming months. How do these isopods handle it? Like other Ligidium I've seen these only seemed to be in the rocky areas. Vegetation was oak / bay woodland, plenty of poison oak too.

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What

Scaly Chaparral Trilobopsis loricata

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kueda

Date

July 1, 2015 10:19 PM PDT

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kueda

Date

July 1, 2015 09:38 PM PDT

Description

Despite Trent's expert tickling this was the best pic I got. Not sure if it's possible to tell if it's Promyrmekiaphila or Aptostichus.

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kueda

Date

July 1, 2015 10:18 PM PDT

Description

Found several clustered under logs in the dry stream bed.

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kueda

Date

July 1, 2015 10:13 PM PDT

Description

Numero dos.

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kueda

Date

July 1, 2015 09:49 PM PDT

Description

Satan's pancake flipper, AGAIN. I so love this harvestmen. When I found it the rest of the group were further down the stream bed. It was so cryptic that I knew I couldn't take my eyes off it or I might lose it, so I stared at it intently for a few minutes until the rest of the group arrived, at which point I exclaimed "Ortholasma! You must photograph this!" And then I realized I was getting super excited and pointing at a creature nigh indistinguishable from a tiny fleck of soil unless you have a hand lens or a macro setup.

This was the first of two I found. Habitat was quite a bit different than the moist, mixed tanoak / Doug fir / redwood mix at Gazos Creek, which was where I first encountered this beast. Instead they were crawling around a dry creek bed with moist soil, oak / bay canopy. I'm not sure how frequently this creek dries up in "normal" years (whatever that means these days), but the presence of snails (Trilobopsis and succinoids that may have been Catinella), burrowing mygalomorphs (Antrodiaetus riversi and and unidentified trapdoor spider), and riparian isopods (Ligidium gracile) suggest this area does retain moisture, if not surface water.

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kueda

Date

July 1, 2015 09:08 PM PDT

Description

This one used lichen in its turret construction, a choice that we endorsed whole-heartedly. Also, Trent is the best turret tickler ever.

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kueda

Date

July 1, 2015 09:02 PM PDT

Description

Calymmaria? I feel like that's what big brown bandy-legged unidentifiable spiders always ended up being in class.

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thistle

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smarr

Date

July 1, 2015 07:28 AM PDT

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July 1, 2015 08:54 PM PDT

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July 1, 2015 09:19 PM PDT

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Owlet Moths Superfamily Noctuoidea

Date

July 1, 2015 09:20 PM PDT

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July 1, 2015 09:53 PM PDT

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Flesh Flies Family Sarcophagidae

Date

July 1, 2015 09:06 PM PDT

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Wolf Spiders Family Lycosidae

Date

July 1, 2015 10:37 PM PDT

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Field Crickets Genus Gryllus

Date

July 1, 2015 10:44 PM PDT

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Underwings Genus Catocala

Date

July 1, 2015 09:36 PM PDT

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Date

July 1, 2015 10:26 PM PDT

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Date

July 1, 2015 10:20 PM PDT

Description

Funny, "Devil's pancake flipper" doesn't show up as a recognized common name.

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Basidiomycota Phylum Basidiomycota

Date

July 1, 2015 09:25 PM PDT

Description

Resupinate pore fungus, no spore print obtained, on hardwood.

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Harvestmen Order Opiliones

Date

July 1, 2015 10:06 PM PDT

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Date

July 1, 2015 09:31 PM PDT

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Date

July 1, 2015 09:42 PM PDT

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True Weevils Family Curculionidae

Date

July 1, 2015 09:40 PM PDT

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Butterflies and Moths Order Lepidoptera

Date

July 1, 2015 09:35 PM PDT

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Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax

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dmontijo

Date

April 17, 2014 04:32 PM PDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

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Green Heron Butorides virescens

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hfabian

Date

June 26, 2015

Description

Distant view.

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alkali mallow Malvella leprosa

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hfabian

Date

June 26, 2015

Description

Good stand, may attract butterflies.

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Western Mosquitofish Gambusia affinis

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hfabian

Date

June 26, 2015

Description

Introduced.

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Western Bluebird Sialia mexicana

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hfabian

Date

June 26, 2015

Description

Male.