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Venatrix brisbanae

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Venatrix brisbanae
(or a closely related species; ID sources are shown below)
Previous species name:
Lycosa brisbanae
Body length:
female: 9 mm
male: about 7 mm
Wandering or in a shallow burrow
Uncertain; handle with caution
Venatrix brisbanae
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The female
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Underneath female
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Underneath male
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Another female?

This species has a black patch on the underside of the abdomen with two white lines running through it and this characterizes it as a Venatrix species.

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: Some other lycosids, especially Venatrix species.

Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 30 November 2012.