24 July, 2011:
Please help me identify the spiders in the attached photos? Photos were taken in Northern California near the coast. Both spiders were approximately 1/2-inch in diameter including legs, though they may be closer to 1-inch in diameter if the legs were fully extended. Feel free to use the photos on your web site.
Do you know of any sites that will allow you to read and/or look through a series of questions and/or diagrams/photos about the descriptive characteristics of the spider; click on the best answer/diagram/photo that matches your specimen, and then would narrow the possibilities down to a few species based on what you selected? This would allow novices to approximate the species much more readily.
Reply: Not sure which one this is, can see some faint
bands on its legs so not a hobo - glen