Subject: Possible Mygalomorph in Monmouth, OR
Location: Monmouth, Oregon
February 12, 2016 11:12 pm
I’m a hobby arachnologist and I frequently get friends sending me pics of spiders they’ve taken and asking what they are. Usually I can pretty quickly ID them but this little beauty is a bit of a stumper.
It looks like he has palps, but it could be my imagination. Those spots are familiar to me but I can’t find a ready ID. I was thinking Mygalomorph, but they’re so uncommon in Oregon, I must be crazy!
Signature: Luke S
We agree with much of what you stated, but not everything. We do agree that this is a Mygalomorph and that it does have palps, indicating it is a male. Where we disagree is that Mygalomorphs are uncommon in Oregon. BugGuide has several genera of Trapdoor Spiders found in the Pacific Northwest, including Antrodiaetus pacificus, which looks like a pretty good match considering this BugGuide posting. We also have our doubts that you are crazy, but we cannot be entirely certain.