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Last night I came across this spider outside my house (costal Southern California). It was bigger than any I'd seen before, about 2.5 or maybe 3 inch legspan, maybe just under an inch for the body length. It is a brown-gray color, the cephalothorax has two dark brown stripes, and some mean looking fangs. Can anyone identify it?

Head on view back view back view with flash

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Looking at this reference "Frequently synanthropic spiders of Southern California", I would have to say that it is possibly a grass spider. (Please someone correct me if I am wrong).

Beautiful looking specimen!

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Ah, it does look like a grass spider. Or possibly a wolf spider? Any chance of narrowing male/female or which particular species? –  Naum Jul 7 '13 at 18:39

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