Wild Tarantula (?) at Wilder Ranch

Check out this fat spider that I found on on the trail at Wilder Ranch – it was already dead, I just parked him on my tire to get a better photo:
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I figured it was some sort of tarantula but it turns out that a very similar-looking but biologically unrelated specie, the Calisoga spider, is also common around here, according to this list of frequently encountered spiders in California.

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