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 Name
Mount Diablo State Park, Mount Diablo State Park,
ECI Site#:CASP175000
Park/Forest Code:Mount Diablo State Park

RECOGNITION
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.
Description
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
Color1: light to dark brown

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

CREDITS
Photographer
Eddie Dunbar
Insect Sciences Museum of California

References
BugGuide .
ITIS ITIS TSN#.
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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