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The Bay Area’s Most Wanted Spider

Main Project Information
Goal No Goal was listed but it’s probably amazing
Task No Task was listed but it’s probably doable
Where 94118 California 94118 United States

Arachnologists at the California Academy of Sciences need your help documenting the presence and distribution of Zoropsis spinimana spiders.

Although harmless to humans, this spider competes with local species and is considered invasive. Participants can use a simple digital camera to document the presence of this spider, and, if comfortable collecting the spider, send in actual spider specimens.

With the help of citizen scientists, researchers can study how the Zoropsis spider population is spreading in the Bay Area.

How to Join

To participate, mail your photo of the spider, data sheet, and/or specimen to:

ATTN: Bay Area’s Most Wanted Spider
Naturalist Center
California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118

Or, send your materials by email to:

Data sheets can found on the following PDF document:

Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Spend the Time outdoors
Project Updated 05/23/2018