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Taratula
Location: bay area n.california
November 16, 2010 11:45 pm
my son and I found this guy while hiking. Just curious as to what type of tarantula it is. Thank you
Signature: Sean Miller

Tarantula

Hi Sean,
Your Tarantula is in the genus
Aphonopelma.  BugGuide has this information posted:  “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 . Most identifiable specimens belong to species found in Mexico or Central America that are easily recognized by unique color patterns, such as that of A. seemanni . 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 .
Quote taken from: http://americanarachnology.org/JoA_free/JoA_v25_n2/JoA_v25_p137.pdf

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