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The Burrowing Carpet Spider??? - Allocosa

The Burrowing Carpet Spider??? - Allocosa
Canoga Park, Los Angeles County, California, USA
March 3, 2009
Size: about the size of a Dime
I found this spider at night, on my carpet in our family room. It burrowed into the carpet, that seemed strange to me for a spider. I tried looking all over the internet. I found a lot of spiders that were close but not the same. This is what I came up with, Hacklemesh Weaver Spider (Amaurobius ferox). The big differences I noticed were in the legs. But I also found some pics that were more similar. I don't know if I'm just being picky or if this is the wrong spider. I would love to learn more about this spider. It seemed so intelligent to me.

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The Burrowing Carpet Spider??? - Allocosa The Burrowing Carpet Spider??? - Allocosa The Burrowing Carpet Spider??? Female Amaurobius similis? - Allocosa

Moved
Moved from Wolf Spiders.

Moved
Moved from Spiders.

Not sure
it has very stumpy legs. I sure wish the eyes were clearer. I think we'll have to think about this some more.

 
Jeepers Creepers...Can't recall those peepers...
I’m sorry, I’m not very good at taking pictures. My carpet looks pretty good though! The thing that stood out the most to me was how different the legs were from the body. The body was very dull and fuzzy, while the legs were so lightly colored they seemed almost translucent, with no hair. If that helps at all. As for the eyes, I will admit I don’t really remember. I tried looking at pictures on Google to spark a memory, but I cannot for the life of me remember if it had smaller eyes above or below the larger ones...But I did find a few pictures of funnel web spiders that looked very similar to what I remember. A female Amaurobius similis is what I have come up with. Could this be it?

 
eye arrangement not right for that family
Although the coloring, shape, and legs seem to match your guess, the eyes would not be right if they are as they seem to be in the close-up I uploaded here

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