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Spider observed at 8,000 at Horse Camp on Mt Shasta, CA - Atypoides gertschi - female

Spider observed at 8,000 at Horse Camp on Mt Shasta, CA - Atypoides gertschi - Female
Siskiyou County, California, USA
June 8, 2013
Size: 1" as seen on photo
Active in the morning even when it was fairly cold.

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Spider observed at 8,000 at Horse Camp on Mt Shasta, CA - Atypoides gertschi - female Spider observed at 8,000 at Horse Camp on Mt Shasta, CA - Atypoides gertschi

Moved
Moved from Antrodiaetus.

 
Cold Weather Spider
Marshal,

Since you appear to be very knowledgeable about spiders, can you clarify if spiders up in high elevations have any special adaptations to survive in freezing cold temperatures? This one was fairly large, but also fairly active in spite of the temperature being near freezing with snow cover on the ground, though not directly near where I saw the spider. I also saw a bunch of really small, heavy limbed black spiders (about 1/4" - 3/8" long, shiny black body and legs) up at 12,000' elevation that were pretty active at night burrowing in the snow and around.

Sincerely,

Sunondo

cool spider! could be either
cool spider! could be either A. gertschi, or A. montanus. would it be possible for you to edit the County info? thanks! - mh

 
County Info edit
Hello Marshal,

Thank you for the comment. Sorry I hadn't gotten a notification of a comment until today! What change would you like? I'm not a local (was visiting from Chicago!), so please let me know what the correct county is.

Sincerely,

Sunondo
sunondor@yahoo.com
847 4777-9475 mobile

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Moved from Mygalomorphs.

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Moved from ID Request.

Mygalomorph
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