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Hannah Marie Wood
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Chile
February 18 - March 23, 2008
 
Chilean Expedition Team
Mecysmaucheniid Spider    The first part of the Chilean expedition was spent working with Dr. Elizabeth Arias and her collecting team on a large biodiversity survey of Chilean arthropods, especially beetles, from the temperate forest of Chile. I went on this expedition to collect trap-jaw spiders and also to learn how to canopy fog. Dr. Barry Richardson (CSIRO, Australia), Dr. William Shepard (University of California, Berkeley) and Dr. Griswold (California Academy of Science) were also on the first three weeks of the expedition. The above image is of the expedition team as well as the chief of the Quinquen indian community and his family. The image on the left is the posterior view of a Chilean trap-jaw spider.
 
 
Chilean Coleoptera Survey
   Click here to learn about our collecting experiences and the field sites we went to during the first three weeks of the expedition. Click here to access the home page of the Chilean Arthropod Biodiversity Survey.
 
 
Auracaria Trees    For the last two weeks of the expedition Charles Griswold and I collected in temperate forests as well as the mountain forests of the Andes. We collected many spiders, saw many volcanoes and worked in forests dominated by either Southern Beech (Nothofagus) or Araucaria, as in the image to the left. Below are some more images from the expedition.
 
Charles sifting forest litterCharles Griswold is sifting litter from the forest floor.   Hannah canopy foggingThis picture is of me fogging the forest canopy. (Image by C. Griswold)
 
Gonyleptid harvestmanThe harvestmen of Chile are very colorful. Harvestman are arachnids. (Image by C. Griswold)   Chilarchaea quellonChilarchaea quellon, this mecysmaucheniid spider species is the smallest one found in South America (2mm). She has built a circular retreat.