Note: since I’m beginning to suspect this post as being the source of some misinformation, let me say that I think my use of the common name “California funnel web spider” was a erroneous reproduction of the name “California funnel web tarantula” used on that form post I link to below, and even that name doesn’t seem to be in general use. This spider is properly known as the Calisoga longitarsis (or Brachythele longitarsis, depending on which classification scheme you prefer). It has no widely-used common name, to my knowledge. Spiders usually referred to as “funnel-web spiders” are very different spiders in the family Agelenidae, so if you got here looking for those, check out that BugGuide link.
After my fire adventures, I found this excellent spider by one of our traps. It looked like a tarantula, and I thought it was a turret spider, but I later learned that it’s actually a funnel web spider (Calisoga longitarsis), another kind of mygalomorph. No, not the deadly Australian kind. This one’s a native Californian, and I don’t think its bite is any worse than a bee sting. Apparently they’re known to be very defensive, and this one was no exception. It reared up on its back legs and bore its sizable fangs when I disturbed it. It was only about 3 cm in diameter.