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Wolf spider

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Species:
Lycosa leuckarti?
(or Tasmanicosa leuckarti?)
Family:
Lycosidae
Body length:
female: 17 mm
male: 15 mm
Habitat:
This species normally lives in an open burrow in the ground
Toxicity:
This spider's venom may cause mild illness and the males (especially) sometimes wander into houses
Lycosa leuckarti?
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View from above
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Underside of spider
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Another specimen
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Front view

Dr. Volker Framenau has indicated the generic name of this species should be Tasmanicosa but as of December 2015 the World Spider Catalog has not recognized this name change.

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:

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

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

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: This spider closely resembles Lycosa godeffroyi but lacks the complete black patch under the abdomen, instead having a pale centre in an otherwise black patch.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 14 December 2015.