Comments & ID Thoughts
Found at the bottom of our pool. Fished it out and thought it was dead. About an hour later it started to move!
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- Submitted: Jan 11, 2018
- Photographed: Jan 11, 2018
- Spider: Bothriocyrtum californicum (California Trapdoor Spider)
- Location: San Diego, California, United States
- Spotted Outdoors: Man-made structure (building wall, fences, etc.)
- Found in web?: No
- Attributes: Dorsal
Hi, welcome to Spider ID. 🙂 Oh my goodness, I think this is the 4th ID request for one of these in roughly the last two days ~ … so far as I can tell is it a California Trapdoor Spider (Bothriocyrtum californicum).
An article about spiders surviving near drowning:
Note to admin.: should “swimming pool” be added to outdoor traits?
Thanks for identifying and the links. After making what seemed a miraculous recovery, I let it go in the bushes in my yard, appox. 50ft away from the pool. Got up this morning and there’s what looks like the exact same spider at the bottom of the pool. Pulled it out again and it revived again! Released it in the front yard this time. I hope I don’t find it in the pool tomorrow
You’re welcome. Wow, me too. 😮
Forgot to include that it’s body is 3/4″ long and about 2″ including legs
I saw the exact same thing today, Sorrento Valley area of San Diego. https://spiderid.com/picture/3898/. Also, look up/compare this to: https://australianmuseum.net.au/image/southern-tree-funnel-web-spider, the two things sticking out of the back…
The protrusions coming out of the back of the spider’s abdomen are spinnerets, they are organs used during silk production. All spiders have them. Please compare the unique shape of the first pair of legs of a male Bothriocyrtum californicum (California Trapdoor Spider) instead when comparing these two species. https://bugguide.net/node/view/1176231/bgimage On the male Sydney Funnel-web Spider it is the second pair of legs with a noticeably remarkable shape. https://australianmuseum.net.au/image/sydney-funnel-web-spider-atrax-robustus Edit: Searching for a lateral of Hadronyche cerberea. Edit #2: I didn’t see a good lateral of Hadronyche cerberea but you can still glean from the dorsal image that the legs… Read more »