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Insect and Spider Identification: SOLVED: Help me identify this spider!!

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AWagnon72
Antioch, CA

July 23, 2013
9:48 PM

Post #9610193

Found crawling on wall of house. Located in Northern California, Contra Costa County.

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Flapdoodle
Minot, ND

July 24, 2013
3:33 AM

Post #9610276

Could be one of the wall/disc spiders in the family Oecobiidae - see http://nathistoc.bio.uci.edu/spiders/Oecobius.htm for examples.
AWagnon72
Antioch, CA

July 24, 2013
9:30 AM

Post #9610551

Don't think so... notice the black cap and FURRY white front legs. What kind of spider has furry white front legs?
Flapdoodle
Minot, ND

July 24, 2013
12:13 PM

Post #9610689

How small was this spider? If only a few mm, there's no\t much else it could be. The spider is a male; the fuzzy 'legs'' actually are its pedipalps. And some Oecobius sp. have the thoracic disc almost entirely dark - see http://www.eurospiders.com/oecobius_sp_6379.jpg (this is a female).
AWagnon72
Antioch, CA

July 24, 2013
11:20 PM

Post #9611208

I would say that this spider was about .5 inches. But my mother has stated that she has gotten a dead spider from her pool that looks like my picture but with a 1.5 - 2 inch body... and my nephew ran from two that size that were live. The large live ones were on my mother's deck in the backyard, and she lives around the corner from me. Does your guess grow that large and/or be located in California?
Flapdoodle
Minot, ND

July 25, 2013
5:25 AM

Post #9611304

Oecobiids indeed occur in California. but they seldom are more than a few mm in body length. A larger spider with a similar color pattern might be a wolf spider in the genus Pardosa - http://nathistoc.bio.uci.edu/spiders/Lycosidae/Pardosa atromedia/IMG_4798b.jpg
Then just to add to the mix, some mesh web weavers (family Dictynidae) also can be superficially similar (see http://nathistoc.bio.uci.edu/spiders/Dictynid1.htm for an example), but these spiders construct capture webs, and do not wander about on surfaces.

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