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Hoggicosa species

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Hoggicosa species
(Identification of this spider is as in notes below)
Body length:
female: 25 mm
male: 19 mm
This species lives in a burrow in the ground and is mainly found in arid Central Australia
Bites may cause mild illness but no testing of the venom of this species has been done
Hoggicosa species
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Another specimen
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Rear view
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Front view

The identity of this species was derived from a research paper by Langlands and Framenau and a photo of an immature female specimen placed on the Flickriver website by Volker Framenau. Present evidence indicates that it is best to state that the spider shown on this page is probably part of the Hoggicosa bicolor group, this implying that there may be several species or subspecies that are easily confused with the specimen Roewer originally named as Hoggicosa bicolor, this name indicating that some specimens will be found to be partly black and partly a light brown colour, this colour variation changing with the age and sex of the specimen.

Hoggicosa species seem to prefer to build their burrows in drier inland regions of Australia and some of them conserve moisture by fitting a door to their burrow.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Some other Hoggicosa species.

Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 14 May 2017.