California Tarantula
( Aphonopelma sp. )


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PHOTO COMMENT

IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Aphonopelma sp.
(Pocock, 1901)
Common Name:California Tarantula
Life Stage:(I) indeterminate/irrelevant

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Arachnida
Order:Araneae
Family:Theraphosidae
Genus:Aphonopelma
Taxon Code:ARA02121
ITIS TSN#:847890

LOCATION DETAILS
Location
Hastings Natural History Reserva, Hastings Natural History Reservation, 38601 E Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley, CA, Carmel Valley
County:Monterey County
ECI Site#:CANR150000
Park/Forest:Santa Lucia Mountain Range

RECOGNITION
The Aphonopelma of North American are poorly known. Although many species have been described few specimens can be properly identified either by using available keys or by wading through species descriptions. Correct identification of specimens collected within the United States is often suspect since determinations must be based on the process of elimination using collection dates and locality data in combination with coloration, coxal setation, and metatarsal scopulation.
Similar Taxa
Calisoga
Colors
Light to dark brown.

BIOLOGY
Active Period
Fall, as males search above ground for burrows of females.

HABITAT

REFERENCES
  • Genus Aphonopelma. (http://bugguide.net/node/view/34693). Accessed March 12, 2016. [ IMAGES ]
  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System TSN#847890
  • 1997. The Journal of Arachnology (25:137?176). Theraphosidae of the Mojave Desert West and North of the Colorado River (Araneae, Mygalomorphae, Theraphosidae). Thomas R. Prentice : Department of Entomology, University of California, Riverside California 92521 USA
  • Aphonopelma: Tarantulas of the United States (http://aphonopelma.wordpress.com/2010/08/26/distribution-of-tarantulas-in-california/)


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