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Allocosa obscuroides (Platnick)|
(or a closely related species; Volker Framenau suggests
this species should now be listed as a 'Lycosa' until the Lycosidae have been revised - see notes below)
|Previous species name:|
female: about 15-18 mm|
male: 15 mm
A shallow open burrow
May be harmful; avoid handling
This species is often found wandering in lawns foraging for prey (females) or for a mate (males).
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 so 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 are likely to be incorrect either now or in the near future. At the end of 2010 the most reliable
sources of information/photos about the Australian lycosids can be found at the following two websites:
Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Many other Australian lycosids but especially Lycosa godeffroyi.
Email Ron Atkinson for more information.
Last updated 2 December 2010