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webs and egg sacs
(The sources of this identification are as shown below)
female: perhaps 15-20 mm|
male: perhaps 14-18 mm
In a burrow in the ground or wandering at ground level
Probably not dangerous
Note: The Lycosidae of Australia are mostly difficult to identify without the aid of a stereo microscope and extensive taxonomic details, especially of
the male and female genitalia of each species. Surface markings on lycosids can be quite variable for a given species from specimen to specimen, from
male to female, and from juvenile to adult. In recent years some significant revisions of the Australian wolf spider fauna have been undertaken by
Dr. Volker Framenau and his colleagues. However, these revisions have still left many uncertainties in regard to the correct names and occurrence ranges of
particular species so some of the lycosid identifications shown on this website are likely to be incorrect either now or in the near future.
The identity of the spider shown on this page is based on photos published by Ramon Mascord in 1970 and more recently by Dr. Volker Framenau in
the following article:
Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Many other lycosid species.
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Last updated 13 May 2017.