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Unknown lycosid

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Species:
Unknown lycosid
(resembling some Venatrix species (Dr. Volker Framenau) but the abdominal underside lacks the usual spots or bands of Venatrix species)
Family:
Lycosidae
Body length:
female: about 9 mm
male: about 8 mm
Habitat:
This spider is usually found wandering on bare ground but presumably builds a burrow
Toxicity:
Uncertain; but this spider is quite small and probably harmless
Unknown lycosid
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View from above
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Underneath female
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Female epigynum

Note: The Lycosidae of Australia are very difficult to identify without the aid of a stereo microscope and extensive taxonomic details. Surface markings can be quite variable for a given species, from specimen to specimen, from male to female, and from juvenile to adult. Over the last decade or two a major revision of the Australian wolf spider fauna has been undertaken by Dr. Volker Framenau and his colleagues. This revision is not yet complete so some of the lycosid identifications shown on this website may prove to be incorrect either now or in the near future. At the end of 2016 the most reliable sources of information/photos about the Australian lycosids were the following two websites:

http://www.lycosidae.info/identification/australia/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/australianspiders/collections/72157622669463297/

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Many other lycosids.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 17 May 2017.