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Hannah Marie Wood
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Chile
November 15 - December 18, 2009

Charles Griswold, Lina Almieda and I went to Chile for a month to collect spiders. During the first part of the expedition the weather was cold and rainy. I was in Chile to collect mecysmaucheniids in order to observe their behaviors.

Below are the sites we visited:
Chillan
Parque Nacional Nahuelbuta
Reserva Costera Valdiviana, Chaihuin
Parque Nacional Puyehue
Parque Nacional Chiloe
Parque Nacional Torres del Paine
Lago Blanco in Tierra del Fuego

 
Parque Nacional Puyehue, cold, foggy and rainy.
 
Parque Nacional Chiloe, going across Lago Huelde.
 
Charles adopts a cat for a day. Lina looking for amaurobiids.
 
Parque Nacional Torres del Paine on a clear windy day.
 
Mecysmaucheniid habitat! at PN Nahuelbuta It was so cold I had to sort in front of the heater.
   
Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, photo by Charles Griswold
 
Guanacos in the pampas in Tierra del Fuego, photo by Lina Almieda
   

Left: In Tierra del Fuego, a female mecysmaucheniid has built a circular retreat in a log and is guarding her egg case; at the bottom of the photo there is a male who is guarding her.

Bottom: In Parque Nacional Nahuelbuta, a female mecysmaucheniid has built a large retreat under a log and is guarding her egg case; a male (not visible in the photo) is under the retreat and is guarding her.