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Sandstone Night Lizard (Xantusia gracilis)

Date

May 2022

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What

Beard Lichens (Genus Usnea)

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danicaarmstrong

Date

October 25, 2021 11:36 AM PDT

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k8lopez

Date

April 27, 2022 04:22 PM PDT

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Ascomycete Fungi (Phylum Ascomycota)

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clarissa_b

Date

April 24, 2022 10:00 AM PDT

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linzyl

Date

March 24, 2022 03:55 PM PDT

Description

Learned something new! Chrysalis

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Mediterranean Stork's-Bill (Erodium botrys)

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rjadams55

Date

April 18, 2022 09:31 AM PDT

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Dolloff Cave Spider (Meta dolloff)

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ds_explorings

Date

April 2022

Description

Empire cave.

Size of a false widow.

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Southern House Spider (Kukulcania hibernalis)

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jeremy03

Date

September 21, 2018 09:10 AM PDT

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What

Western Spotted Orbweaver (Neoscona oaxacensis)

Observer

aparrot1

Date

October 15, 2021 12:06 PM PDT

Description

An Orbweaver spider with brightly colored swirling markings on its abdomen. It constructed a vertical web inside a red bucket in a grassy meadow near cattle trough. It looks like it caught a winged insect. Very well camouflaged on it's "trashline-of-debris" web.

Update 4/5/22:

"M. spinipes is one of the very few semi-colonial spiders in the US. Each individual builds its own orb web with a retreat made of leaves and silk suspended inside a surrounding tangle web. A line connects the retreat to the center of the orb while the tangle webs of the different spiders are interconnected."

Metepeira spinipes is a member of Typical Orbweavers, Subfamily Araneinae

Great local observation of this species: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/3976674. Thanks @rjadams55!

https://bugguide.net/index.php?q=search&keys=Metepeira+spinipes


Update 4/6/22 07:53

Western Spotted Orbweaver (Neoscona oaxacensis) a.k.a Zig-zag Spider, or Araña Manchada de Jardín is a species of spider in the family Araneidae. It is distributed in the Americas, from Kansas and California south to Venezuela and Peru, including the Galápagos Islands.

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Gold Cobblestone Lichens (Genus Pleopsidium)

Observer

annie_evankow

Date

March 27, 2022 11:35 AM PDT

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What

Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors)

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andreacala

Date

April 2, 2022 11:25 AM PDT

Description

With a male.

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Pricklypears (Genus Opuntia)

Observer

rjadams55

Date

November 26, 2011

Description

The Mission Cactus in not native to the region, but was brought to Monterey County by Spanish missionaries and settlers. Both the fruit and pads (nopales) are edible. As part of the former Soberanes Ranch, these cactus are widespread in the canyon's dryer south-facing slope.

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gyrrlfalcon

Date

March 25, 2022 12:08 PM EDT

Description

On rock

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graysquirrel

Date

March 22, 2022 04:36 PM PDT

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rjadams55

Date

July 3, 2020 09:14 PM PDT

Description

This extremely large male fishfly was identified to species based on the structure of its reproductive organs, clearly visible in photo 2.

Information used to identify this individual was found in Liu and Winterton's (2016) review of the North American species.

https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0148319

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What

Bush Monkeyflowers (Section Diplacus)

Observer

rjadams55

Date

March 28, 2016

Description

The leaves of this shrub were narrow and very sticky.

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What

Mexican Bluewing (Myscelia ethusa)

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armanmoreno

Date

November 20, 2021 03:13 PM CST

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What

Pink Feather Boa Millipede (Gosodesmus claremontus)

Observer

graysquirrel

Date

February 10, 2022 11:00 AM PST

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Observer

flygrl67

Date

February 2022

Description

A dot lichen???

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What

Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)

Observer

andreacala

Date

January 13, 2022 11:27 AM PST

Description

Common, with a Red-breasted? Two Red-breasted? Thanks for helping me sort this out.

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What

Barometer Earthstars (Genus Astraeus)

Observer

rjadams55

Date

January 4, 2022 10:03 AM PST

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What

Pointed Macoma (Macoma inquinata)

Observer

rjadams55

Date

November 25, 2015

Description

Based on the shape of the shell, I believe this is M. nasuata rather than M. secta, but I am certainlly open to correction. Numerous empty clamshells were found on a small patch of rocky mudflat inside Moss Landing Harbor. @invertzoo What do you think?

Big Thanks to @gbentall for her ID help!

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What

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

Observer

andreacala

Date

December 13, 2021 09:54 AM PST

Description

Yawning, as the storm was slowly approaching...

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What

North American Deer Mice (Genus Peromyscus)

Observer

rjadams55

Date

June 13, 2018 03:41 PM PDT

Description

This immature mouse was either eating the meat or just pulling the fur off of a dead California Vole (Microtus californicus). It was particularly small with a short indistinctly bicolored tail. Based on its coloration and location, I believe this may be a California Deermouse (P. californicus), a species I have seen in the area before, but any insights or suggestions regarding its ID would be greatly appreciated.

@finatic , @euproserpinus Is this a species either of you are fairly familiar with? Thanks!

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rjadams55

Date

April 16, 2019 09:42 AM PDT

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panadora

Date

November 18, 2021 05:34 PM PST

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What

Bumble Bees (Genus Bombus)

Observer

lenachiasson

Date

August 2, 2021 11:12 AM PDT

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Observer

rjadams55

Date

June 24, 2017

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What

Forest Bumble Bee (Bombus sylvicola)

Observer

rjadams55

Date

July 12, 2021 12:26 PM PDT

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What

Desert Blonde Tarantula (Aphonopelma chalcodes)

Observer

rjadams55

Date

July 7, 2014

Description

This adult male tarantula was found along the side of I-180 just inside New Mexico and within the Gila Natl. Forest.

Species-level identification based on appearance, location and information contained in the tarantula revision by Hamilton et al. (2016).

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What

Robust Clubhook Squid (Onykia robusta)

Observer

zooillogix

Date

July 7, 2017 04:27 PM PDT

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What

Sierra Dome Spider (Neriene litigiosa)

Observer

kamedaphor

Date

July 4, 2020 02:48 PM PDT

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What

Red-and-white Asagena (Asagena fulva)

Observer

deanna54

Date

August 30, 2021 01:03 AM MST

Place

Mayer (Google, OSM)

Description

Thin hook in palp

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What

Primrose Sphinxes (Genus Euproserpinus)

Observer

euproserpinus

Date

February 2020

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What

Kern Primrose Sphinx (Euproserpinus euterpe)

Observer

euproserpinus

Date

February 2015

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What

Common Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)

Observer

llfraley

Date

September 11, 2021 02:22 PM PDT

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What

Gastropods (Class Gastropoda)

Observer

flygrl67

Date

August 2019

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What

Bowl-and-doily Spider (Frontinella pyramitela)

Observer

diego_espinoza1

Date

August 27, 2021 12:15 PM PDT

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What

Common Hoopoe (Upupa epops)

Observer

karakaxa

Date

August 27, 2021 10:03 AM +03

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What

Hooded Ladies' Tresses (Spiranthes romanzoffiana)

Observer

rjadams55

Date

June 1, 2017 08:59 AM PDT

Description

Without it being more in bloom I'm having a bit of trouble ID'ing this one. I remember that the spiral pattern of its flowers is distinctive. @gbentall , a bit of help? :-)

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What

Funnel Weavers (Family Agelenidae)

Observer

dirtyfungal

Date

August 5, 2021 08:59 PM PDT

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What

Tailed Cellar Spider (Crossopriza lyoni)

Observer

abigail_skoda

Date

August 2021

Description

Short video: https://youtu.be/OCzWu8Guuk0
Living in the corner of a concrete wall.
Found on the same wall: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/88193328
Found on a nearby building: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/90086120

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What

Cellar Spiders (Family Pholcidae)

Observer

abigail_skoda

Date

July 2021

Description

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What

Shortpod Mustard (Hirschfeldia incana)

Observer

rjadams55

Date

May 15, 2016

Description

Black Mustard is an extremely common plant in disturbed fields, lots, and along roadsides in much on northern San Benito Co.

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What

False Widow Spiders (Genus Steatoda)

Observer

ericcleveland

Date

March 19, 2017 07:43 PM PDT

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fundad

Date

October 24, 2010 09:15 AM PDT

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What

Broad-tailed Sevenbits (Synidotea laticauda)

Observer

truthseqr

Date

September 28, 2020 11:28 AM PDT

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What

Ascomycete Fungi (Phylum Ascomycota)

Observer

alice_abela

Date

June 6, 2021 04:06 PM PDT

Description

Lockwood Valley area, Ventura County, California

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tmessick

Date

May 26, 2021 01:53 PM PDT

Description

Fell onto my wrist as I was photographing serviceberry leaves. Length estimated about 3 mm. Salticinae is iNat suggestion.
On Amelanchier near Red Wash Creek, Bodie Hills, Lyon County, Nevada, elev. 5800 ft.

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What

Wolf Spiders (Family Lycosidae)

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jtomoleoni

Date

May 24, 2021 09:51 AM PDT

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trailblazr

Date

May 15, 2021 11:27 AM PDT

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What

Mono County Phacelia (Phacelia monoensis)

Observer

jdmore

Date

June 2017

Place

Nevada, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Mono County phacelia, Phacelia monoensis, Nevada, White Mountains, Pinchot Creek - Columbus Salt Marsh drainage, elevation 2626 m (8615 ft).

This rare annual species is a study in paradoxes. In a genus known for its showy purple flowers, Mono County phacelia belongs to a small group of yellow-flowered species adapted mostly to alkaline clay soils.

This species is found only along and near both sides of the California-Nevada boundary in the southwestern Great Basin, and is limited to isolated patches of shrink-swell clay soils derived from andesitic volcanic deposits at middle elevations in the mountains.

But paradoxically, most populations are found where these deposits have been bisected and disturbed by mining roads and other dirt tracks. Plants have been found in low densities on undisturbed clay deposits, but populations are generally densest on clay road banks that experience infrequent re-disturbance. It's even possible that seeds are dispersed between clay deposits by riding on muddy vehicle tires.

But even so, the plants do not spread outside their preferred set of soil patches, and remain rare and vulnerable to more intensive or frequent disturbance, including road maintenance and mining exploration and development activities.

Uploaded from my Flickr site: https://www.flickr.com/photos/127605180@N04/

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leptonia

Date

May 8, 2021 01:19 PM PDT

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trailblazr

Date

May 8, 2021 12:25 PM PDT

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What

Entelegyne Spiders (Infraorder Entelegynae)

Observer

trinaroberts

Date

April 2021

Description

Tiny spider on sage

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What

Southern Pacific Rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus ssp. helleri)

Observer

andreacala

Date

March 14, 2021 11:34 AM PDT

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What

Spiders (Order Araneae)

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pinnaclesnp

Date

March 11, 2021 01:46 PM PST

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rjadams55

Date

May 24, 2020 07:57 PM PDT

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deanna54

Date

February 3, 2021 08:36 PM MST

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What

Nanday Parakeet (Aratinga nenday)

Observer

andreacala

Date

February 17, 2021 12:09 PM PST

Description

Flock of 15, eating Western Sycamore seed pods and buds.

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What

Painted Anemone (Urticina grebelnyi)

Observer

rjadams55

Date

February 19, 2012

Description

This individual was found beneath a rocky ledge in the tidepools soon after the water receded.

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What

Zoropsid Spiders (Family Zoropsidae)

Observer

dominic

Date

November 25, 2016 01:23 PM PST

Description

I think. Found under a rock. @rjadams55 and @kschnei any ideas?

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What

Magnificent Seep Monkeyflower (Erythranthe grandis)

Observer

rjadams55

Date

June 19, 2018 10:04 AM PDT

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What

Grassland Tarweed (Deinandra increscens)

Observer

rjadams55

Date

August 25, 2016 03:07 PM PDT

Description

Several of these small sunflowers were growing along the exposed, sandy trails at Fort Ord. They were one of the few flowers still in bloom.

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What

Western Aster (Symphyotrichum ascendens)

Observer

rjadams55

Date

September 15, 2017 05:07 PM PDT

Description

These were identified to species by their pale margined phyllaries and long rows of hairs on the stems.

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What

Sanchez Pyrg (Pyrgulopsis sanchezi)

Observer

coreyjlange

Date

January 30, 2020 04:31 PM CST

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What

Red-spotted Mycena (Mycena maculata)

Observer

rjadams55

Date

November 24, 2016

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What

Crown Whitefly (Aleuroplatus coronata)

Observer

hoboannie

Date

November 24, 2020 09:30 AM PST

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What

Araneoid Spiders (Superfamily Araneoidea)

Observer

chloe_and_trevor

Date

November 22, 2020 07:24 PM PST

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What

Ferny Bonnet (Mycena pterigena)

Observer

flygrl67

Date

October 2020

Place

Oregon, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Hemimycena? Teeny tiny size; growing on wood debris; very widely spaced gills

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What

Gadwall (Mareca strepera)

Observer

andreacala

Date

November 11, 2020 10:52 AM PST

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What

Green Heron (Butorides virescens)

Observer

andreacala

Date

October 27, 2020 10:17 AM PDT

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What

Koch's Wolf Spider (Alopecosa kochi)

Observer

alice_abela

Date

February 4, 2011 05:54 PM PST

Description

Wolf spider from Chimineas Ranch, San Luis Obispo County, California

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Observer

rjadams55

Date

February 14, 2016

Description

Growing from the base of a dying conifer. There is also a photo of a small piece removed from the back of the fungus to show the structure of the underside.

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What

Wrentit (Chamaea fasciata)

Observer

jmaughn

Date

October 9, 2020 02:21 PM PDT

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What

Trachelid Spiders (Family Trachelidae)

Observer

ericcleveland

Date

October 2, 2020 01:48 PM PDT

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What

Northern Scorpion (Paruroctonus boreus)

Observer

alice_abela

Date

September 5, 2020 11:05 PM PDT

Description

Bacon Gulch area, Mono County, California

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What

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca)

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vermfly

Date

September 5, 2020 09:51 AM PDT

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What

Shield Lichens and Allies (Family Parmeliaceae)

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gyrrlfalcon

Date

September 8, 2020 04:55 PM PDT

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euproserpinus

Date

May 30, 2020 01:27 PM PDT

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What

Kangaroos, Wallabies and Allies (Family Macropodidae)

Observer

rjadams55

Date

July 2, 2013

Description

Subspecies M. r. robustus. The females of this shaggy-haired, normally nocturnal wallaroo are distinctly smaller and sandier colored than the males. This lone individual was seen among the boulders around Granite Gorge.

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What

Banded Garden Spider (Argiope trifasciata)

Observer

sgene

Date

August 11, 2020 03:33 PM PDT

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What

Marbled Cellar Spider (Holocnemus pluchei)

Observer

ponerinecat

Date

August 2020

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What

True Velvet Mites (Family Trombidiidae)

Observer

storm_petrel

Date

June 19, 2020 07:58 AM PDT

Description

or Trombiculidae? These black spiders were abundant along alkali lakeshore, but this one stood out from the others with brilliant red parasitic mites.

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merrikbush

Date

July 25, 2020 12:21 PM PDT

Description

Spider experts! I would love your take on what species of Metepeira this is. Thank you, in advance, for any help you can provide! @claggy or @cheins1, any thoughts? Its retreat was built in a California Cudweed in Briones Regional Park, beneath a Bay tree. Thanks!

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What

Entelegyne Spiders (Infraorder Entelegynae)

Observer

jesse171

Date

August 18, 2019 08:16 AM PDT

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What

False Black Widow (Steatoda grossa)

Observer

amitram

Date

December 19, 2018 03:19 PM PST

Description

Spider?

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What

Silver-sided Sector Spider (Zygiella x-notata)

Observer

robhohf

Date

October 26, 2018 07:12 PM PDT

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What

Sierra Dome Spider (Neriene litigiosa)

Date

October 3, 2018 04:58 PM PDT

Description

Possibly Sierra Dome Spider

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What

Pacific Foldingdoor Spider (Antrodiaetus pacificus)

Observer

kmcglothen

Place

Oregon, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Black spider with a shiny head, legs, and thorax with a fuzzy abdomen. When I zoomed in on the second image, I was able to see tiny hairs on the ends of the legs, but I wouldn't call them 'hairy legs'. As far as Oregon spiders go, he was fairly big, but you can see his scale if you compare him to the douglas fir needles he is walking on. I found him in a heavily wooded 20+ year old reprod patch.

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What

White-spotted Sea Goddess (Doriopsilla albopunctata)

Observer

rjadams55

Date

June 23, 2020 09:00 AM PDT

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rjadams55

Date

November 8, 2015

Description

These seaweeds were very common on the rocks at the upper edge of the high tide line. I have included habitat photos as well to provide a better view of the seaweed's habitat.

Any suggestions or advice regarding their identification would be greatly appreciated!

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What

Heermann's Gull (Larus heermanni)

Observer

saraclementina

Date

June 5, 2020 03:41 PM PDT

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What

Davy's Centaury (Zeltnera davyi)

Observer

rjadams55

Date

June 2, 2020 03:49 PM PDT

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What

Sand-Spurries (Genus Spergularia)

Observer

rjadams55

Date

June 2, 2020 03:06 PM PDT

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What

Sandpipers and Allies (Family Scolopacidae)

Observer

gyrrlfalcon

Date

June 6, 2020 03:15 PM PDT

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What

Oblong Running Spider (Tibellus oblongus)

Observer

danielgeorge

Date

May 26, 2020 06:52 AM PDT

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